An International Home: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium Hosts Team Mexico
Feb. 9, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The international soccer stage had another marquee match Wednesday (February 7) evening in the Valley of the Sun as the United States and Mexico renewed their rivalry in a friendly played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, with the Americans taking a 2-0 victory. Prior to the match, however, the Mexican National Team traveled to the Arizona State University campus for two training sessions on the pitch of the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, the home venue for the Sun Devils.
With Mexico heading into their first match with Hugo Sanchez as their coach, the Tri Color held two training sessions at Sun Devil Stadium, one taking place Monday evening and the second Tuesday afternoon. The two, two-hour sessions, saw the national team work on various aspects of its game before playing in front of over 63,000 fans. Along with such stars as Jared Borgetti, Hector Altamirano, Rafael Marquez and Oswaldo Sanchez, the Mexican roster features many of the same players that comprised the 2006 World Cup team that played in Germany over the summer.
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium is no stranger to playing host to national teams from the South with the men's team becoming the second from the Mexican Federation to utilize the venue this year. During the past season, the ASU women played host to the Mexican Women's National Team in a match on October 1, with the visitors claiming a 3-0 victory in front of 2,136 fans, the largest crowd to see the Sun Devils play at home in their 11-year history as a varsity program.
The Mexican team's training on campus also was not the first time a men's national team has utilized the hospitality of the University. Back on January 15, 1994, the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Norway, 2-1, in a match played inside Sun Devil Stadium, the home of ASU football.