Hexagonal Can Be Minefield for Team USA

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As the sun began dipping below the Sierra del Merendon on Tuesday, casting wide shadows across the fertile Sula Valley, a youth soccer game unfolded on a field in the city’s southeast outskirts.

A warm breeze rippled the nets, elevated by rusty posts. One team wore the green of Marathon, a local club, the other Real Madrid’s rich blue. Parents watched from beneath a line of trees. A stray dog frolicked.

The tranquil scene belied the blue storm that will descend the next afternoon on a cement structure a few hundred feet away. Beyond a fence topped by barbed wire and patrolled by a security guard with a shotgun balanced on his shoulder, Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano stands in wait.

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