Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mexico to face Ghana in international soccer friendly at NRG Stadium

Mexico last appeared in Houston  during the 

2016 Copa America tournament.
Photo by Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 25, 2017) Soccer fans from Houston and the Gulf Coast area will be headed to NRG Stadium on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to witness No. 17 Mexico take on No. 49 Ghana in an international friendly match. Pre-game ceremonies and activities are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CDT with kickoff slated for 8:06 p.m. CDT.

The match will be the final game for “El Tricolor” prior to their participation in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the official national team competition in the region. Mexico has defeated Ghana in two all-time meetings (2006 and 2008). The 2006 game, played at FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium, saw Guillermo Franco score the game’s only goal with a 75th minute header. Mexican National Team legend Pável Pardo was the hero of the 2008 game, scoring the winning goal,  a penalty,in the 85th minute to give Mexico a 2-1 win, in a match played in England.

In the first match of their 2017 tour, Mexico defetaed Iceland 1-0 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on February 8. They followed that with 2-1 loss to Croatia at the LA Memorial Coliseum on May 27. After the loss to Croatia, they rebounded with a 3-1 over Ireland at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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