Mexican clubs love coming to America. They get to expand their brand, grow their fan base and reconnect with their emigre supporters. And giants Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara enjoy the trip north more than any other clubs.
Next month, the fierce rivals will carry their rivalry to los Estados Unidos when they meet in Chicago. On Sept. 4 at Toyota Park, the "Clásico Nacional" will go international. América had won four matches in a row until Chivas eked out a 3-2 victory in April, its first win in nearly a year-and-a-half.
Both clubs have started the new Apertura tournament with mixed results. Chivas has one win, three draws, and one loss, and sits fifth in Group 2. Just below them in the standings is América, with a 1-2-1 record in its first four games.
Thee days later, on its way home, América will face FC Dallas in an exhibition game. FCD defender Duilio Davino was a legend with América before joining the Hoops.
"Without a doubt I'm going to feel odd playing against América," said Davino. "One of the reasons that I no longer wanted to play in Mexico was so that I wouldn't have to face them. In saying that, I'm now with FC Dallas and we're playing them in a friendly, and we hope that it's a fun event for the public instead of a strong rivalry. It will be good to see many teammates and friends that I left there, and we'll try to make it a good game so that fans enjoy it and leave happy."