Mexico to play Paraguay in Oakland, Calif.

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK – The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), together with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), have announced that the second stop for the Mexican national team’s 2011 U.S. Tour will be Oakland, Calif.

The widely popular “Tri” will host Paraguay’s national team on Saturday, March 26 at 5 p.m. ET at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

An exclusive pre-sale for San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holders and other special groups will begin this Friday, Jan. 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET by calling the Earthquakes at 1-408-556-7700 or visiting their ticket office during regular business hours. For group tickets or suites, please contact the Earthquakes.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. ET by visiting www.Tickets.com, by calling 1-800-225-2277 or visiting usual tienda locations.

Scheduled on a FIFA fixture date, this match will mark Mexico’s return to Oakland after almost two years, when they defeated Nicaragua 2-0 at the Coliseum during the group phase of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Mexico and Paraguay last face off at Copa America 2007, where El Tri secured the quarterfinal win.

For the first time in its history, Paraguay reached the quarterfinals stage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this past summer. Led by their captain and goalkeeper Justo Villar (Real Valladolid/Spain) and their head coach Gerardo Martino, Paraguay is preparing for this summer’s Copa America in Argentina, where they will face Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Paraguayan national team standouts include defender Dario Veron (Pumas UNAM/Mexico), Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros, both of the English club Sunderland.

The Mexican national team, under the direction of new head coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre, will kick off its 2011 U.S. Tour in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Feb. 9 against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tickets for the February game are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


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