Mexico national team to play friendly vs Cameroon at Snapdragon Stadium

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West side of Snapdragon Stadium. Credit: Rashad Griffin/EVT

This Thursday, May 4, the Mexican Football Federation officially announced a friendly match between the Mexico national team and Cameroon at Snapdragon Stadium set for June 10, 2023. The game will be the first of Mexico’s MEXTOUR, which involves multiple games in different venues across the United States.

The friendly will be in preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League coming up in the summer. Snapdragon Stadium will also host a Gold Cup semifinal in 2023, which has the potential to include the Mexico national team or the USMNT.

Snapdragon Stadium is quickly becoming a popular venue for professional men’s soccer as Manchester United will also play Wrexham at the Mission Valley fortress on July 25. The first professional men’s soccer match hosted at the Mission Valley stadium was a friendly match between Tijuana Xolos and Club America on March 26, and there have been several men’s soccer events announced since then.

The Mexico national team has an enormous following in the United States, and the Mexican San Diego fans have demonstrated their passion in previous matches at the now-extinct Qualcomm Stadium. Qualcomm saw sold-out crowds for Mexico games across its history, and this friendly match is guaranteed to be a sellout at Snapdragon Stadium.

One of the most notable Mexico games played in San Diego came on June 4, 2008, at Qualcomm Stadium. Argentina had a star-studded team featuring Javier Mascherano, Javier Zanetti, Maxi Rodriguez, Sergio Aguero, and Lionel Messi. Messi scored in the match, as La Albiceleste defeated Mexico 4-1 in front of a sold-out crowd, who were not too happy with the result.

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Despite the result, one of the greatest soccer players ever played a game in San Diego, and thousands were present to witness him score a goal.

While there will be no one near Messi’s level in the upcoming friendly between Mexico and Cameroon, the atmosphere will be a must-see at Snapdragon Stadium. We have already seen a tremendous atmosphere at San Diego Wave games and at the friendly between Club Tijuana and America, as this Mexico game is surely not to disappoint in that regard.

The potential for outstanding players like Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Hirving Lozano to play in the friendly on June 10 is there. It will be interesting to see how both teams approach this match and what players make an appearance at the Mission Valley fortress.

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