LAS VEGAS & MEXICO CITY – The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Las Vegas Events today announced the Mexican National Team will open its landmark 15th annual U.S. Tour on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, taking on the national team of Iceland at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas in what will mark the first time ever Mexico’s senior team has played in the city.
“Soccer is the world’s game and Las Vegas is the world’s city, so I can’t think of a better match for this event,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “Having the Mexican National Team in Las Vegas is very exciting, and of course we all watched Iceland’s amazing run in Euro 2016 play. This should be a competitive match that I’m sure fans will enjoy.”
The game will serve as an important opportunity for both national teams to fine-tune their lineups ahead of critical FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Mexico, currently ranked 17th in the FIFA Rankings, will use the Vegas event as preparation for CONCACAF qualifying games against Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago in March. Then during the summer, “El Tricolor” will defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Iceland, currently ranked 21st in the world by FIFA, on the heels of its impressive quarterfinal finish in the 2016 UEFA European Championship, will look to sure-up its squad before facing Kosovo as part of UEFA World Cup qualifying, also in March.
Mexico and Iceland have faced-off twice all-time, with both games resulting in scoreless draws and both games played on U.S. soil. The last of the two encounters, played in 2010, drew more than 60,000 fans to Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte, NC.
Though youth Mexican national teams have played in Las Vegas in the past, the Feb. 8 game will be the first time the senior squad will visit the City of Lights.
To get ready for the match, fans can visit the new official Mexican National Team U.S. e-store, http://store.miseleccion.us/, featuring the latest team gear such as jerseys, hats and more.
Entering its 15th edition, the annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour matches have become one of the most popular events in the sport, with an average of approximately 50,000 fans per game in the history of the Tour. With nearly 75 games played since 2002, the Mexican National Team has been able to use the matches not only as a way to prepare for important competitions like the FIFA World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup, but also to reach their fervent fan base across North America.
The Tour, sponsored by adidas, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Bud Light, Cheetos, 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 family of networks and Fútbol de Primera Radio Network.