Mexico to play Costa Rica in June friendly in Orlando
The Mexican national team will play Costa Rica in a friendly this summer, the Mexican federation announced Wednesday.
The match will take place June 27 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. It will be the first time the Mexican team has played at the stadium since a 2-1 victory over Ireland at the 1994 World Cup.
Mexico has three other upcoming matches in the United States: March 28 vs. Ecuador in Los Angeles; March 31 vs. Paraguay in Kansas City, Kan.; and July 1 match against Honduras in Houston.
"This is a clash of two major CONCACAF rivals that we expect will draw thousands of fans to the Orlando Citrus Bowl." Orlando City SC founder and president Phil Rawlins said.
It will be one of the squad's final tune-ups before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is scheduled to start July 7. Should Mexico fare well in the 2015 Copa America, the date would conflict with the knockout stage, meaning a second El Tri squad would have to be assembled. Mexico is grouped with Copa America host Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia in the summer competition.
Mexico and Costa Rica, who both advanced to the 2014 World Cup knockout stage, last played in October 2013, with Costa Rica coming away with a 2-1 victory during qualifying for last summer's tournament in Brazil. Mexico leads the all-time series 26-6-15.
Costa Rica, a 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist, is 13th in the latest FIFA rankings, leading all CONCACAF nations. Mexico is ranked No. 21.
- Scooby Axson