El Tri schedules March game in San Diego

The game was announced today:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will play Venezuela in an exhibition game March 29 in San Diego.

Mexico plays Bosnia-Herzegovina on Feb. 9 in Atlanta and Paraguay on March 26 in Oakland.

All three are FIFA fixture dates, making it possible for the teams to bring in top players from European clubs.

Mexico was eliminated from last year’s World Cup in the second round by Argentina and is
rebuilding under new coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. De la Torre, who replaced Javier Aguirre, who makes his debut against Bosnia.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday at the usual outlets.

Here’s a little more on the history between the two teams, from the Soccer United Marketing press release:

Historically, Mexico and Venezuela have faced off nine times, with a 8-1-0 record in favor of “El Tri.” They last met on U.S. soil in June 2009, when Mexico won 4-0 in Atlanta in front of more than 50,000 fans. Four days later, Mexico tied Guatemala in a scoreless match at Qualcomm Stadium, which marked “El Tri’s” most recent visit to San Diego. The most recent match between Mexico and Venezuela took place on October 12, 2010 in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

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  • Studs Up

    Why is it relevant to cover the Mexican national team in this blog?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Because like it or not the Mexican National Team is the most popular national team in this part of the world and is arguably the most popular national team in this country.

    And this blog is all about soccer in and around LA.

  • Studs Up

    Thank you but they thrive very well without any help from the English language media. The Mexican fans typically don’t give a hoot about American soccer nor do they participate in this blog so why bother with covering their team(s) here.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Well, I know for a fact some fans of the Mexican National team read this blog even if not many comment.

    There are also Mexican-American Galaxy and Chivas USA fans who also follow El Tri and read this blog.

    In addition, some fans of the USMNT might like to know what their biggest regional rival is up to.

    And, if nothing else, now you know what day to avoid visiting San Diego, since it will be packed with tens of thousands of El Tri supporters packing restaurants and bars.

  • http://-1 Studs Up

    We get weather advisories from time to time from you and now we get traffic alerts. This is fast becoming a full-service blog. Any tax tips while you’re at it?

    All seriousness aside, I was hoping to get a rise out of your readers more than you Nick. It’s getting a bit boring here, where is everybody? Maybe you should crank up your Beckham coverage to wake people up.

    Unrelated but Arena says Rickitty Ricketts has his green card now and won’t count as an international.
    Don’t know what the criteria is but Beckham would have been wise to get his too. Maybe Angel’s is in the mail already.

    Welcome to MLS – the new Ellis Island!

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    “Ricketty Ricketts” Studs Up, you couldn’t have said it any better. No way should he have won MLS goalkeeper of the year over Jon Busch, let alone Kevin Hartman or Nick Rimando (the guy who should have won it).

  • Studs Up

    Ricketty Ricketts rings better than Glass Jaw Donovan. Hartman should have never been booted out of LA. I’m still not over that one.

    Can anyone explain the just released MLS roster rules in simple American? I want to send it to Ruud Guillet.

    Also, if Americans are now considered “domestics” in Canada why can’t the Mexicans be considered as “domestics” in America. Better yet, why don’t we have our regional EU here. Shall we call it NAFTA?