The U.S. and Mexican men’s soccer teams will play at the Rose Bowl Oct. 9 to decide the region’s representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the sport’s governing body announced.
Tickets will be available to the general public in September. Participating member associations and their supporter groups will be able to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale.
Mexico qualified for a spot in the playoff game with a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup today in Philadelphia. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football is soccer’s governing body for the region.
The U.S. won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and finished fourth this year, losing to Jamaica in the semifinals, 2-1, and to Panama in the third-place game, 3-2 on penalty kicks, after overtime ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Oct. 9 game between the U.S. and Mexico will be the first between the teams at the Rose Bowl since June 25, 2011, when Mexico defeated the U.S., 4-2, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Mexico overcame an early two-goal deficit, before a capacity crowd of 93,420 fans, a predominately pro-Mexico crowd.
The FIFA Confederations Cup is played every four years in the year before the World Cup, in the host nation of the World Cup. Its eight-team field consists of the champion of each of six’s six regional federations, the reigning World Cup champion, and the host nation, which in 2017 will be Russia.
—City News Service