Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Mexico and Major League Soccer plan exhibition game at Nashville's Coliseum

"In the presence of Mayor Bill Purcell Tuesday, Soccer World co-owner Chip Hellman announced the Soccer World Super Clasico, an exhibition soccer match pitting Pacheco’s UAG (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara) Tecos vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. The Super Clasico will be the first time an international team from Mexico or an MLS team has played in Nashville."

"The LA Galaxy is the most successful team in the nine-year history of the MLS and features a roster dotted with international soccer stars like Carloz Ruiz of Guatamala and America’s own Cobi Jones. The Tecos (translation: Owls) compete in the Mexican Premier League. Their home is Jalisco, a Mexican state which has a strong immigrant presence in Middle Tennessee."

"'We’ve seen firsthand how sports can unify a city through our Titans, Predators, Sounds and, most recently, the three college basketball tournaments here last weekend,' Purcell said. 'I feel that international soccer is another opportunity along those same lines for families to come out to the Coliseum and enjoy world-class entertainment.'"

Nashville City Paper, The Tennessean

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