It was more a matter of when and not if, but Saturday's much-anticipated CONCACAF Cup has been announced as a sell-out.
CONCACAF revealed on Monday that more than 90,000 fans are expected to pack into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this weekend for what will surely be an intense meeting between the US and Mexico (9 pm ET, FS1, UniMas). The winner of the game, which is pitting the 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions against one another, will secure advancement to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
“This is one of the biggest soccer games to be played on North American soil since the 1994 World Cup, and the fans have certainly responded,” said CONCACAF acting General Secretary Ted Howard in a statement. “Whether you are in the stadium, or watching on television, we are looking forward to bringing fans a truly historic sporting event.”
The last time the US and Mexico met at the Rose Bowl was in the 2011 Gold Cup final. El Tri prevailed that day, coming back from two goals down to win 4-2.