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“I don’t think any team in the world would prefer to play at noon, with 90 percent humidity and 90 degrees heat,” Soehn said. “I think sometimes our scheduling needs to be consistent so our performance can produce attractive soccer.”

Midfielder Marcelo Gallardo said the timing was a “contradiction” as the game is expected to draw a big crowd.

“It is not going to be the best show when the sun is at its highest,” he said.