More than 60,000 fans are expected at the Rose Bowl Saturday for a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer doubleheader featuring the Mexican men’s national team.
Mexico will face Cuba at 6:30 p.m. The doubleheader will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Canada playing Martinique in another Group A game.
A “Futbol Fiesta” from 2-6 p.m. outside the Rose Bowl will feature music, games, food and beverages. Stadium gates will open at 3:30 p.m.
“We are encouraging people to arrive early,” Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn told City News Service.
The Gold Cup is the biennial championship of the North America, Central America, and Caribbean region. Mexico has won three of the last five tournaments, most recently in 2015. The U.S. won in 2017 and 2013.
Mexico is 18th in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Cuba is ranked 175th.
Mexico is 4-0-0 in 2019 after losing its final three games in 2018.
The game will be Mexico’s first in the Los Angeles area since May 28, 2018, when it tied Wales, 0-0, in an exhibition before a crowd announced at 82,345 at the Rose Bowl.
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