Per a team release this morning the Seattle Sounders will again face a Mexican team during their preseason. This year's opponent is CD Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz.. The match will be played at Kino Stadium (hosts of the Desert Diamond Cup) on Friday February 22nd at 7 PM (Arizona time). Tickets are available at www.FCTucson.com.
"This is good preparation for our match against Tigres," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid in the team release. "It's important to play another team from Mexico and we are very thankful that Veracruz is able to do so. It's a good opportunity for our team to play against that style of play because it is different than what we face in MLS."
The Red Sharks are currently in 2nd in the Ascenso MX (2nd Division) with a 3-0-3 +4 goal differential. They are also 1-0-01 +1 in group play of the Copa MX. American forward Gustavo Adrián Ruelas Aguilar is occaissionally on their bench in league play, but got an extended run in the Fall Copa. Veracruz plays in league play on the Wednesday prior and the Tuesday after the preseason match against Seattle.
The preseason match should have a more anti-Seattle crowd than a typical friendly.
"We’re excited about our first foray into Mexican professional soccer because we understand the passion for Mexican futbol in Southern Arizona is massive and this is very important to us," said FC Tucson co-managing member Greg Foster in an FC Tucson release. "Fans will get to see one of MLS’s best clubs prepare for the CONCACAF Champions League against a challenging Mexican side in Veracruz."
UANL Tigres sits in first in the Liga MX after Sunday's 4-1 pounding of Toluca pushed their record to 5-0-1 +11.