FRISCO, Texas (Wednesday, May 15) – FC Dallas Stadium will play host to a “Clasico Joven” friendly between Liga MX sides Cruz Azul and Club América on June 30 at 2 p.m. CT, FC Dallas announced today. Mexican-based company Sports Marketing Monterrey is responsible for bringing the match to FC Dallas Stadium.
Both sides are still alive in the Clausura semifinals after advancing this past weekend. Cruz Azul defeated Morelia, 4-3, on aggregate to advance to the semifinal round, where it will play a home-and-home series against Santos Laguna. Club América defeated Pumas, 3-1, on aggregate to set up a semifinal series against Monterrey.
The head-to-head competition between Azul and América is known as “Clasico Joven.” During the most-recent Clausura, the rivalry was won by América, which defeated Cruz Azul, 3-0, on March 2. The teams also drew, 1-1, on April 3.
Cruz Azul and Club América are both expected to bring their first teams to Frisco in June, including América’s three-time Liga MX golden boot winner Christian “Chucho” Benítez and Cruz Azul’s leading scorer, Mariano Pavone. Mexican National Teamer, Gerardo “Borrego” Torrado of Cruz Azul is also expected to see time in the friendly.
Tickets start at $15 and will go on sale through FCDallas.com, Ticketmaster.com and Fiesta Mart on Thursday, May 16. There will be a pre-sale for FC Dallas season ticket holders beginning at 10 a.m., on Thursday.
About Cruz Azul
One of the biggest teams in Mexico, Cruz Azul have won the Mexican Primera Division eight times. Also known as “Maquina Azul,” Cruz Azul also holds the distinction of being the first team in the CONCACAF region to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores, when they lost on penalties to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.
About Club América
Based in Mexico City, Club América has won the Mexican Primera Division 10 times, second only to Guadalajara (11). América has also won a total of eight FIFA recognized international trophies, tying them with Bayern Munich (Germany), Santos (Brazil), Olimpia (Paraguay) and Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) worldwide.