White Sox pitchers have friendly soccer rivalry

White Sox pitchers have friendly soccer rivalry

CHICAGO -- Team USA's attempt to reach the World Cup quarterfinals certainly was front and center prior to Tuesday's doubleheader action against the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was shown on the center-field scoreboard during batting practice, while the ChiSox Bar & Grill was open early for fans to watch the contest.

For White Sox pitchers Jose Quintana and Andre Rienzo, the World Cup focus extends to Friday afternoon, when Colombia takes on Brazil. Quintana is a native of Colombia, and his good friend, Rienzo, is a proud Brazilian.

"I'm so happy with my country. But I'm not going to talk to Rienzo anymore until after the game," Quintana said with a laugh. "Everybody in Colombia is talking about that game."

Brazil, the host country for the World Cup and one of the competition's stronger teams, was expected to get to the quarterfinals. Quintana joked that Colombia's victory over Uruguay last Saturday was a little bit bigger in his home country than his win over Mark Buehrle on Sunday in Toronto.

"Soccer is the first sport in Colombia," Quintana said. "I'm so happy with the final score, and Colombia played real good. The next game will be harder."

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