On Saturday, July 15, Minnesota United FC will face off in a friendly against Mexican team Atlas FC at TCF Bank Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1916 and based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Atlas FC competes in Mexico’s top division, Liga MX.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting an organization with as deep and storied a history as Atlas FC,” said MNUFC Sporting Director Manny Lagos. “Mexico and the U.S. have long enjoyed a soccer rivalry that has grown the game, and matches like this bring out fans from all nationalities in the spirit of competition.”
This will be the third consecutive year the Loons have played an opponent from Liga MX, having faced Club Leon in 2015 and 2016. Atlas FC is renowned for its Youth Academy and have developed past and present stars of the Mexican National Team, including Andres Guardado and Rafael Marquez, who currently plays for the team and is the Mexican player with the most World Cup matches played with 16. They’re known for a crowd-pleasing style of play and they have one of the most devoted fanbases in Mexican soccer, known as La Fiel (the faithful).
“First, [this game] is an opportunity to get closer to our fans in the United States,” said Atlas FC Head Coach José Guadalupe Cruz. “This game is very good for us, because we want to prepare against quality teams that have great tactical order. That’s why facing Minnesota United — a team that wants to show itself, that has great players and, above all, is a club that’s improving day by day — is important.”
Tickets for this international friendly are available at MNUFC.COM or by calling 763.4SOCCER. Season ticket holders already have a ticket for this friendly included in their ticket pack