Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), today announced that Mexico's most popular teams, Club América and Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. (Chivas), will add a new chapter to their storied rivalry when both clubs meet for another edition of Mexico's "Clásico Nacional," or national derby, on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (9:30 p.m. ET). The game, which will celebrate Mexican Independence Day, will be presented by Bud Light.
Tickets will be available for the general public starting Thursday, Aug. 27. Prices will start at $25 and can be purchased by visiting the Kansas City Wizards front office at 8900 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206 or by calling the Wizards toll free at 1-877-828-7222 or 1-913-387-3400. Tickets may also be purchased by going to the Arrowhead Stadium box office in person (box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local, closed Sundays), by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visiting www.Ticketmaster.com
There is no match in the Mexican First Division season that brings out the emotion and passion of the "Clásico Nacional." Since the first meeting in 1943, América and Chivas have established themselves as the class of Mexican soccer with the Guadalajara club winning a record total of 11 league titles while América has raised ten titles in the professional era and four in the amateur era. In the most recent meeting between the two clubs, Chivas prevailed over América in an exciting 1-0 match on April 19, 2009 during the Torneo Clausura 2009 at its Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara.
"We are pleased to be able to host one of the most historic annual soccer matches in the world in the 'Clásico Nacional'," Chiefs Chairman and one of MLS' founding owners, Clark Hunt said. "Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America represent two of the most passionate fan bases in the sport and we are excited to bring the game to the New Arrowhead."
Chivas de Guadalajara is followed by thousands of fans and is recognized at the highest international level. In particular to the communities in the United States due to their Mexican heritage, the club's policy of fielding only Mexican-born players runs deep with Mexican pride. Chivas is coached by Francisco Ramirez and led by stalwart Ramon Morales, goalkeeper Luís Ernesto Michel, strikers Javier "Chicharito" Hernández and Omar Bravo, as well as the Mexican national defender, Jonny Magallón.
Club América was founded in 1916 and in 1959 was acquired by Mexican television giant and owner to this day, Televisa. América soon became a team to follow in all matters from opening a new stadium, the Azteca, to a bright '80s decade with five league titles, or hiring the best talent from Mexico and abroad with legends such as Carlos Reinoso, Zague, and Enrique Borja among others.
Currently América, coached by Jesus "Chucho" Ramirez, is respected worldwide for its national and international accomplishments, and for featuring top Mexican players such as current goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and midfielder Pavel Pardo as well as top foreign talent such as Salvador Cabañas, a world class striker from Paraguay.
The match, also known as "el Clásico de los Clásicos", was last played on U.S. soil on September 4, 2008 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois where Chivas won 2-0 in front of a sellout crowd. The match will be the first for both teams in the Kansas City area.
The official sponsors of the Clasico Bud Light are Bud Light, Jose Cuervo and Boost Mobile.
About Soccer United Marketing
Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States; the marketing and promotion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup™, and marketing, promotional and broadcast rights to the prestigious eight-team Mexican club tournament - InterLiga™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico's, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).
In addition, SUM created SuperLiga, the innovative professional tournament between MLS and Mexico's First Division clubs that debuted in 2007, as well as the Pan-Pacific Championship 2008, an international soccer tournament that crowns the top club from the Pan Pacific region. In 2008 SUM entered into a long term partnership with FC Barcelona which includes tours of the legendary Spanish club. These global properties are represented by SUM's slogan: One Sport. One Company.™ For more information, please visit www.SUMworld.com.
A Mexican multimedia corporation, Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world. Much of its programming airs in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract.
A major player in the international entertainment business, Grupo Televisa has interests in television production and broadcasting, programming for pay television, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, cable television, radio production and broadcasting, publishing and publishing distribution, professional sports and show business promotions, paging services, feature film production and distribution, dubbing, and the operation of a horizontal Internet portal.
Saral (formally known as En Vivo) is the promotional division of Televisa in the United States.