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Current Liga MX champs Atlas FC will take on Austin FC at Q2 Stadium on Wednesday, February 16. (Atlas FC/Twitter)

Fans of Mexico's top-flight soccer league and Austin FC will once again have an identity crisis when the Verde and Black take on current Liga MX champions Atlas FC in a friendly home match on Feb. 16.


Atlas FC, winners of Liga MX's 2021 summer season, will take on Austin for a practice match at Q2 Stadium just before Austin's season opener on Feb. 26. Austin last took on a Liga MX team in July, when passionate Verde and Yellow fans mixed and mingled in a 3-1 loss to Tigres UANL.

Season ticket holders will be able to attend the match as part of their season ticket membership, with tickets uploaded to their SeatGeek accounts at around 2 p.m. Friday. Oak Collective Waitlist members will have access to a pre-sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, while general admission will go on sale on the Austin FC and Q2 Stadium websites at 2 p.m. on Friday.

While the match won't count for any team's standings, a win will give bragging rights and promote a community spirit in the "soccer city" of Austin.

“Austin FC is honored to host the defending Liga MX champions in Q2 Stadium, and we welcome the opportunity to continue showcasing the Austin soccer community to new audiences as we enter the 2022 season,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said.

Austin FC will be the underdogs against Atlas, the Guadalajara-based team that has taken four Copa MX titles and four Campeon de Campeones titles since its founding in 1916. The club claimed its first Liga MX title since 1950 in December 2021.

The two clubs will clash in the friendly match at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Q2 Stadium.

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