Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Colombia and Mexico meet at Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 29
World-class international soccer returns to South Florida as national teams of Colombia and Mexico meet at Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 29
Match to be played on official FIFA match date; both teams expected to bring their top squads as they continue their paths to World Cup 2014
MIAMI (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) – Top flight international soccer returns to South Florida when the Mexican national team takes on Colombia on February 29, 2012 (8 p.m. ET) at Sun Life Stadium, presented by AT&T. The game, announced today by The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), together with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Sun Life Stadium, is part of the annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, which has drawn nearly 2 million fans from coast to coast since 2004.
An exclusive Visa pre-sale for the game will begin on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET via www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET on www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster locations. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.
The match between Mexico and Colombia in Miami will mark the 28 encounter between both teams, with a record of 12-9-6 in favor of the Aztec nation. The last meeting between the two ended on a 1-0 Mexico victory in 2011.
Festivities surrounding the game will include several days of pre-game sponsor activities and media events, including appearances by team legends, fan giveaways, news conferences and training sessions. On game day, fans are invited to visit “Futbol Fiesta,” a 120,000 square feet interactive soccer fan zone which opens four hours before kickoff just outside the stadium and features live entertainment, sponsor exhibits, and interactive games.
Colombia is a contender in the ongoing South American World Cup qualifiers, currently in sixth place in CONMEBOL with a game at hand. Led by their captain Mario Yepes (AC Milan/Italy) and star Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid/Spain), Colombia is coached by former MLS star Leonel Álvarez, who hopes to build from their Copa America 2011 quarterfinal performance.
Mexico, a perennial powerhouse in the CONCACAF region, will begin its run for World Cup qualification in mid 2012, with games on June 8 against Guyana and June 12 versus El Salvador. Under the direction of Jose Manuel de la Torre, the teams boasts a powerful lineup that includes standouts such as Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, New York red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez, and Tottenham midfielder Giovani Dos Santos.
The annual Mexican national team U.S. Tour, a partnership between FMF and SUM, features up to five matches across the United States. The other tour dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
Details for media accreditation will be released in the coming days for media members who plan to cover the upcoming Mexican national team games.
The 2012 Mexican national team U.S. Tour sponsors are adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Bud Light, Cacique, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Degree Men, el Jimador, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, The Home Depot, Visa and Wrigley’s Extra® Gum.
2012 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour
Date Opponent Venue City Time (ET)
Jan. 25 Venezuela Reliant Stadium Houston, TX 9 p.m.
Feb. 29 Colombia Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 8 p.m.
About Soccer United Marketing
Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North
America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States; and the CONCACAF Gold Cup™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico’s most popular sports team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).
In 2008, SUM entered into a long term partnership with FC Barcelona which includes tours of the legendary Spanish club. In early 2009, SUM announced the creation of the SUM Digital Network, the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., and which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorships campaigns. In addition, SUM created InterLiga, the former qualifier for Mexican clubs into Copa Libertadores; SuperLiga, the innovative professional tournament between MLS and Mexico’s First Division clubs, as well as the Pan-Pacific Championship, an international soccer tournament that crowned the top club from the Pan Pacific region. These global properties are represented by SUM’s slogan: One Sport. One Company.™ For more information, please visit www.SUMworld.com.
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