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Austin's Q2 Stadium to host Mexican men's national team for friendly match vs. Chile

Austin will host the Mexican men's national team for the first time at Q2 Stadium on Dec. 8. (Mexican National Team/Twitter)

Austin will host the Mexican men's national football team for the first time in a friendly match against Chile on Dec. 8.


It's the first time "El Tri" will head to Austin FC's Q2 Stadium, but the Austin community has already shown plenty of love for the national team and Mexico's futbol culture. In July, Q2 Stadium hosted its first team from Mexico's Liga MX as Tigres UANL beat Austin 3-1 to a crowd full of both Tigres' blue and yellow and Verde alike.

The match will be the final friendly in the team's 2021 MexTour, which takes the Mexican National Team on a tour across the U.S. for exhibition matches. It'll be the second time the team has played in Austin this year after a similar friendly in Dallas' AT&T Stadium against Iceland in May.

Austin's "soccer city" culture has taken advantage of the city's flagship major league soccer stadium—the venue's 20,500 seats are regularly packed with a sold-out crowd of beer-slinging Verde fanatics, and similar crowds have been seen donning red, white and blue for both U.S. Women's National Team and Men's National Team matches this summer.

Now, members of the United States' El Tri fan club Pancho Villa's Army—a nationwide supporters group that started in Austin—can finally be satisfied as the team looks to tackle two-time Copa America champions Chile for their final match of the tour on Dec. 8.

Tickets for the match will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday on SeatGeek.com.

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