Soccer returning to Citi Field
Jul 12, 2012 | 1806 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The New York Mets announced last week that the Ecuadorian national soccer team will return to Citi Field to play its South American rival Chile on Wednesday, August 15, at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $30 and went on sale on Thursday, July 5, at Tickets.com and (718) 507-TIXX. The game will take place rain or shine. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

Queens County has the largest population of Ecuadorians of any county in the United States with more than 100,000 residents, while the New York City/Northern New Jersey/Long Island region boasts the largest Chilean population in the country with more than 20,000 residents.

Ecuador is ranked 36th in the world and has a 3-2-0 record in the South American Football Confederation for fourth place. The squad, coached by Reinaldo Rueda, won a 1-0 match over Colombia on June 10 in the current qualifiers.

Chile, led by manager Claudio Borghi, is ranked No. 11 in the world and is seeking qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team reached the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and most recently ousted Venezuela in a World Cup Qualifying match on June 9 by a final score of 2-0. Chile leads the South American Football Confederation standings with 12 points and a 4-2-0 record.

The Ecuador-Chile match marks the second straight year that Citi Field has hosted an international competition. Ecuador and Greece battled to a 1-1 tie before a near sell-out crowd of 39,656 on June 7, 2011.

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