• Thursday Jan 09, 2014

    Mexico to face Nigeria, Ecuador in friendlies

    Raul Jimenez (#9) jumps for a ball in Mexico's last match at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on July 24, 2013, against Panama in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MEXICO CITY – Mexico will supplement its pre-World Cup schedule with friendly matches against Nigeria at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on March 5, and against Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on May 31, it was announced on Thursday.

    The Tricolor is unbeaten in four all-time encounters, including one win, with the African power.  They last met on May 31, 2013, in a 2-2 draw at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

    In three games at the Georgia Dome, Mexico has attracted an average of 52,000 fans, including a crowd of 54,229 for its 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago.

    The match between Mexico and Ecuador will mark their 19th meeting in a series datin g back to 1993.  El Tri has 12 wins over that period and the sides have played to a tie on five occasions.  They battled to a 1-1 stalemate in their last game on May 28, 2011, in Seattle.

    At the World Cup, the Mexicans will face Cameroon (June 13), host Brazil (June 17) and Croatia (June 23) in Group A play.

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