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Mexican National Team's Road To South Africa Starts With 2010 U.S. Tour In Febuary



MEXICO CITY & NEW YORK (Thursday, January 28, 2010) – The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), together with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), today announced details of the Mexican National Team’s 2010 U.S. Tour. On the road to its 14th FIFA World Cup participation this summer, Mexico will play in six cities across the country between February 24 and May 13, 2010.

The annual U.S. tour will give the Mexican National Team the opportunity to finalize their preparation, culminating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener on June 11 in Johannesburg against host South Africa.

To kick it all off, Mexico will travel to the Bay Area to face Bolivia on Wednesday, February 24 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. (8 p.m. local), presented by Visa. Tickets for the Feb. 24 match are available via and all the usual outlet locations.

El Tri will then head to Southern California to face World Cup-bound New Zealand on Wednesday, March 3 at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena (8 p.m. local), in a game presented by Wrigley’s Extra. Weeks later on Mar. 24 in Charlotte, Mexico faces Iceland (8 p.m. local) at Bank of America Stadium. Tickets for the Mar. 3 and 24 matches will be available at and all the usual outlet locations.

A Visa pre-sale for the first three tour games begins today Jan. 28. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol encourages its fans to go online early and purchase tickets using their Visa cards.

“Our goal in the first trimester of 2010 is to prepare the Mexican National Team for the FIFA World Cup,” said Nestor de la Torre, director of national team programs for the Mexican Federation. “The U.S. tour allows us to test our squad while giving our fans from all parts of the country the chance to send us off to South Africa.”

El Tri will showcase its World Cup hopefuls in every region of the United States. The tour includes Mexico’s first appearance in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium in late March, and the first international sporting event at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, which will be home to the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants. The complete 2010 U.S. Tour schedule follows below.

Date               Opponent          City                          Stadium                                  Time (ET)

Feb. 24            Bolivia            San Francisco, CA       Candlestick Park                        11 p.m.

Mar. 3              New Zealand   Los Angeles, CA          Rose Bowl                                 11 p.m.

Mar. 24            Iceland           Charlotte, NC             Bank of America Stadium            8 p.m.

May 7              Ecuador           New York, NY            New Meadowlands Stadium          9 p.m.

May 10            Senegal           Chicago, IL                Soldier Field                               9 p.m.

May 13            TBD                 Houston, TX               Reliant Stadium                         9 p.m.

All other ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We have seen fervent support for the Mexican National Team in many parts of the United States, and together with FMF, SUM is committed to making the 2010 U.S. tour an unforgettable experience for the fans,” said Will Wilson, executive vice president for SUM.

Returning for the Mexican National Team’s 2010 U.S. Tour as sponsors are adidas, AT&T, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Degree for Men, Jose Cuervo, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, The Home Depot, and Visa, while welcoming in new partners Cacique and Wrigley’s Extra. Together, the tour sponsors will again make the Mexican National Team’s matches an all-day event, with the ever-popular Fútbol Fiesta, an interactive zone that spans more than
100,000 square feet at every game and includes live music, games, celebrities and thousands of promotional items.

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.