The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) today announced that South American side Paraguay will be Mexico’s rival for the upcoming Mexican National Team U.S. Tour game on May 28 in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The state-of-the-art venue has been a steadfast ally for Mexico, hosting exceptional crowds and selling out the two games they have played there, including the 2014 U.S. Tour match against Nigeria and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Panama.
The last two times Mexico has appeared in the Georgia Dome it has been in front of sell-out crowds (2014 v Nigeria, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals).
Kickoff time to the Mexico v. Paraguay match, presented by AT&T, will be 5 p.m. ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
Atlanta United Founding Members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the Mexico vs. Paraguay match. To become a Founding Member, please visit https://atlutd.com/founders-club/.
The game will be crucial for both teams as they make final preparations for the once-in-a-lifetime continental tournament, Copa America Centenario, being played across the United States during the month of June. Mexico and Paraguay are expected to field the same full squads of stars that will take the pitch during the tournament.
Paraguay, twice Copa America champions and an eight-time FIFA World Cup participant, features Málaga CF forward Roque Santa Cruz, Seattle Sounders FC striker Nelson Haedo Valdez and Palmeiras attacker Lucas Barrios.
Mexico and Paraguay have played 17 times all-time, with a record of 8W-5D-4L in favor or the CONCACAF squad. The last time the two teams faced each other was on March 31, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City as part of the 2015 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, with Mexico winning 1-0 with a goal by Eduardo Herrera.
Now in its 14th year, the annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour games have become one of the most popular events in the sport, with an average of more than 50,000 fans per match. The team opened the 2016 tour on February 10 with a 2-0 win at Miami’s Marlins Park against Senegal. With nearly 70 games played since 2002 as part of the Tour, 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 2016, and will be broadcast nationally on the Univision family of networks, FS1, and Fútbol de Primera Radio Network.