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U.S. ambassador to Germany attends CC soccer game in Berlin

U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy, CC Men's Soccer Coach Horst Richardson, and Gunther Karsten ’81 on June 12 in Berlin.

The Colorado College men’s soccer team, with the U.S. ambassador to Germany in attendance, played a doubleheader during the team’s first-ever trip to what once was the Eastern Bloc. The game was played 25 years to the day that former U.S. President Ronald Reagan implored Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, to “tear down this wall.”

While there were no official ceremonies commemorating Reagan’s history-making speech of June 12, 1987, the fall of the Berlin Wall and eventual collapse of the Iron Curtain paved the way for the CC’s men’s soccer team to make its historic trip to what once was the Eastern Bloc.

The Tigers celebrated the anniversary of Reagan’s famous speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate by competing in – and winning – the college’s first international doubleheader in Berlin.

With U.S. ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy watching, CC’s varsity squad began the day with a 2-1 victory over the Humboldt school. In the second game, friends of Colorado College in Europe, led by Gunther Karsten ’81, defeated a select team from the Bundestag (German Parliament) by a 2-0 count.

A life-long soccer enthusiast, Murphy has served on U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors as well as the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup Bid Committee.

Colorado College’s 18-day tour of Germany and Eastern Europe continues with games in Budapest, Hungary, and Presov, Slovakia. For more, go to: http://www.cctigers.com/news/2012/6/13/MSOC_0613121727.aspx