In a soccer-heavy summer, with the Copa America Centenario and the Euro Cup on the line, not to mention the soccer to be played in Rio in less than a month, there has certainly been an emphasis on the ‘beautiful game’ and the athletes who play it. And it seems that, despite action going on in Europe and Brazil, the U.S. has had home field advantage in some ways.
According to Soccer America Daily, 13 of the 18 Liga MX clubs have spent time in the United States this summer, with play running from June 21 to July 10. A total of 11 states across the country have seen action across the U.S.
We’ll get to listing those fields in a moment, but just as a quick aside: were any of our ASBA builders asked to come in to tweak any fields prior the action that was to take place? If so, we’d love to hear about them!
Most of the matches have been between Liga MX clubs, but they have also been hosted by NASL and USL teams.
Need a few more details? OK – here are the fields:
Kansas City, Kansas (Children’s Mercy Park) – Pachuca 1, Santos 1
Sandy, Utah (Rio Tinto Stadium) – Tijuana 2, Santos 1,
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Target Field) – Minnesota United 2, Leon 4
Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park) – Atlas 1, Guadalajara 0
Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium) – Indy Eleven 1, C.F. Pachuca 0
Oklahoma City, Okla. (Taft Stadium) – OKC Energy FC 0, Guadalajara 1
Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) – Tijuana 2, Cruz Azul 1
Denver, Colorado (Sports Authority Field) – Club America 2, Pachuca 0
San Jose, California (Avaya Stadium) – Santos 2, UNAM 1, Copa Socio MX
Commerce City, Colorado (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park) – Guadalajara 1, Morelia 1
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium), Cruz Azul 2, Monterrey 1, Copa Socio MX
Chicago, Illinois (Toyota Park) – Leon 1, Club America 1
Harrison, New Jersey (Red Bull Arena) – NY Red Bulls vs. Club America
Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Stadium) – Cruz Azul vs. Santos, Copa Socio MX
Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Stadium) – Monterrey vs. UNAM, Copa Socio MX
El Paso, Texas (Southwest University Park) – Leon vs. Juarez
Yuma, Arizona (Desert Sun Stadium) – Morelia vs. Tijuana
Austin, Texas (Dell Diamond) – Leon vs. Morelia
San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome) Club America vs. Santos
Carson, California (StubHub Center) Veracruz vs. Guadalajara, Super Copa MX
Carson, California (StubHub Center) – Pachuca vs. Tigres
Teams wrapped up their preseason in America shortly after the Fourth of July, and Liga MX kicked off its official season in its home country over the weekend of July 8-10. The biggest match stateside was Guadalajara-Veracruz at StubHub Center in Carson, California, for the Super Copa MX title and a berth in the 2017 Libertadores Cup.
In one of the more popular matches, Indy Eleven won the “Clash of Champions” as the spring NASL winner edged Pachuca, Mexico’s Torneo Clausura winner, 1-0, in Indianapolis, Indiana, in IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.