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Philly sports fans were spoiled for choice Tuesday night, with the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park all hosting games. The city’s transit and parking systems were pushed to their limits to accommodate it.
The Mexico men’s national team took on its German counterpart, in the second match of each side’s U.S. friendly tour during one of world soccer’s international breaks.
In a thrilling 2-2 draw in front of 62,284 fans, the city got a preview of the top-level international soccer that should be on offer during the 2026 World Cup, and some of the transit logistics that will come with hosting it.
Mexico’s Edson Alvarez (left) and Germany’s İlkay Gündoğan (right) battle for the ball at the friendly match at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 2023. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
While both teams playing in the Linc hailed from lands far from Philly, the atmosphere surrounding the match surpassed the Flyers home opener and rivaled the Phillies obliterating the Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the NLCS.
In the afternoon leading up to the game, waves of people flowed into South Philly’s Sports Complex, mainly wearing the red, white, and powder blue of the Phillies, the orange and black of the Flyers, and the green and red of Mexico.