March 22, 2017Soccer
MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM TO BATTLE GHANA IN HOUSTON ON THE ROAD TO THIS SUMMER’S CONCACAF GOLD CUP
El Tricolor takes on top African side on June 28 at NRG Stadium; tickets on sale March 29
For Immediate Release
Gabriel Gabor, SUM Communications, 917/364-2755 or gabriel.gabor@MLSsoccer.com
Allie LeClair, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment Communications, 832/667-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MEXICO CITY and NEW YORK CITY (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – The Mexican National Team’s road to this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup will take the defending tournament champions through Houston for a key match against perennial African World Cup participant Ghana.
The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and the Houston Dynamo today announced that Mexico will play Ghana on Wednesday, June 28 (7:30 p.m. CT), at Houston’s NRG Stadium, presented by AT&T. The game takes place just days prior to Mexico’s participation in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the official national team competition in the region.
Tickets to the Houston match will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The game is part of the landmark 15th annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, which kicked off on Feb. 8 in Las Vegas in a 1-0 win against Iceland in front of a record-breaking audience for soccer in the city. Mexico will also play in Los Angeles on May 27 versus Croatia, and June 1 in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area against Ireland.
Mexico has defeated Ghana in two all-time meetings (2006 and 2008). The 2006 game, played at FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium, saw Guillermo Franco score the game’s only goal with a 75th minute header. Mexican National Team legend Pável Pardo was the hero of the 2008 game, scoring the winning goal – a penalty – in the 85th minute to give Mexico a 2-1 win, in a match played in England.
Mexico has played at NRG Stadium (formerly named Reliant Stadium) 15 times, resulting in seven wins, six draws, and just two losses. The first, in 2003 against archrivals United States, resulted in a scoreless draw in front of almost 70,000 fans. Since then, the National Team has played matches at NRG Stadium nearly every year, including Gold Cup matches, World Cup Qualifying matches, and a match against Venezuela during last year’s historic Copa America Centenario. Some other notable games include the 2007 Gold Cup quarterfinal against Costa Rica, in which Jared Borgetti scored the winning goal in added time on Mexico’s journey to the final, and a 2011 Gold Cup semifinal win against Honduras.
To get ready for Mexico’s U.S. Tour matches, fans can visit the official U.S. Mexican National Team E-Store, http://store.miseleccion.us/, featuring the latest team gear such as jerseys, hats, and more.
The Tour, sponsored by adidas, Advance Auto Parts, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, el Jimador, Makita, Nissan, POWERADE, The Home Depot, and Wells Fargo, will visit five cities across the United States in 2017, and will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks as well as on the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network.
The media accreditation application for those planning to cover the Houston game will be available by CLICKING HERE. Please note the deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 21 at 5 PM ET. No applications will be accepted after that date.
To access stadium photos and team logos, as well as other Mexican National Team U.S. Tour assets, please CLICK HERE.
2017 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour
|Date||Opponent||Venue||City||Time (ET) / Result||Tickets / Attendance||TV/Radio|
|Feb. 8||Iceland||Sam Boyd Stadium||Las Vegas, NV||1-0 W||30,617||—|
|May 27||Croatia||LA Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles, CA||7:30 p.m. ET||Click Here For Tickets||TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera|
|June 1||Republic of Ireland||MetLife Stadium||E. Rutherford, NJ||8:00 p.m. ET||Click Here For Tickets||TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera|
|June 28||Ghana||NRG Stadium||Houston, TX||8:30 p.m. ET||Click Here For Tickets||TV: TBD; Radio: Fútbol de Primera|
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