Mexican National Team coming to MetLife Stadium
Mexican National Team to play in New York on August 14 ahead of last stage of World Cup Qualifiers
Mexico takes on African powerhouse Ivory Coast for the first time ever at MetLife Stadium; Hernandez, Drogba and other stars expected for official FIFA date fixture
NEW YORK & MEXICO CITY (Monday, June 3, 2013) – The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) announced today that the Mexican National Team will face African powerhouse Ivory Coast on Wednesday, August 14 (8:30 p.m. ET) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ as part of the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour.
The match, presented by Degree Men & Hellmann’s, will be the first game ever between the two nations at the senior level, and both national teams are expected to field their top squads, as the match will be played on an international FIFA date.
An exclusive Visa pre-sale for the game will begin Thursday, June 6 via www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET on www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all New York-area Ticketmaster locations. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.
The New York match will be crucial for Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre as it will serve as a key tune-up for two September Hexagonal CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round matches against Honduras on September 6, and the United States on September 10.
Ivory Coast, under the direction of former French National Team player Sabri Lamouchi, currently ranks 12th in the FIFA World Ranking, first among African nations, and is leading the African World Cup qualifying with three games left to play in the second round. Ivory Coast has been one of the most dominant African teams in the last decade, having qualified to the last two FIFA World Cups. The squad is powered by top international stars Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Gervinho (Arsenal) as well as midfielder Yaya Toure (Manchester City).
The August 14 match in the New York area will be the fourth of Mexico’s annual five-game U.S. tour, now in its 11th consecutive year. The remaining stop of the 2013 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour will be announced at a later date, as well as media accreditation details for the upcoming matches.
The 2013 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour is sponsored by Adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Behr, Bud Light, Castrol, Coca-Cola, el Jimador, Frito-Lay, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, Nature Nutrition, The Home Depot, Visa, Degree Men & Hellmann’s. As part of Unilever’s proud sponsorship of the FMF through the “Tu Selección” campaign, Hellmann’s and Degree Men are excited to present this match and support fans in demonstrating their passion for soccer and their national team.