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U.S. Becomes Home Turf for Mexican Soccer’s Preseason Play

Jul 13, 2016 | By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Major League Baseball has its Cactus League and Grapefruit League spring training locations. So what does that make the U.S. when it serves as the preseason destination for Mexican soccer clubs – the Stars and Stripes League?

According to Soccer America Daily, 13 of the 18 Liga MX clubs have spent time in the United States this summer, with play running from June 21 to July 10. A total of 11 states have seen action; they include the following:

Kansas City, Kansas (Children’s Mercy Park)

Sandy, Utah (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Minneapolis, Minnesota (Target Field) - Minnesota United 2, Leon 4

Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park) - Atlas 1, Guadalajara 0

Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium) - Indy Eleven 1, C.F. Pachuca 0

Oklahoma City, Okla. (Taft Stadium) - OKC Energy FC 0, Guadalajara 1

Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) - Tijuana 2, Cruz Azul 1

Denver, Colorado (Sports Authority Field) - Club America 2, Pachuca 0

San Jose, California (Avaya Stadium) - Santos 2, UNAM 1, Copa Socio MX

Commerce City, Colorado (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park) - Guadalajara 1, Morelia 1

Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium), Cruz Azul 2, Monterrey 1, Copa Socio MX

Chicago, Illinois (Toyota Park) - Leon 1, Club America 1

Harrison, New Jersey (Red Bull Arena) - NY Red Bulls vs. Club America

Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Stadium) - Cruz Azul vs. Santos, Copa Socio MX

Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Stadium) - Monterrey vs. UNAM, Copa Socio MX

El Paso, Texas (Southwest University Park) - Leon vs. Juarez

Yuma, Arizona (Desert Sun Stadium) - Morelia vs. Tijuana

Austin, Texas (Dell Diamond) - Leon vs. Morelia

San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome) Club America vs. Santos

Carson, California (StubHub Center) Veracruz vs. Guadalajara, Super Copa MX

Carson, California (StubHub Center) - Pachuca vs. Tigres

As the Hispanic population of the U.S. continues to grow, and as soccer rises in popularity, count on Liga MX play to make a significant economic impact in the cities it inhabited.

Teams wrapped up their preseason in America shortly after the Fourth of July, and Liga MX kicked off its official season in its home country over the weekend of July 8-10. The biggest match stateside was Guadalajara-Veracruz at StubHub Center in Carson, California, for the Super Copa MX title and a berth in the 2017 Libertadores Cup.

Most of the matches have been between Liga MX clubs, but they have also been hosted by NASL and USL teams. Indy Eleven won the "Clash of Champions" as the spring NASL winner edged Pachuca, Mexico's Torneo Clausura winner, 1-0.

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