Mexican Champions Leon to Visit Dallas for July Friendly
Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas will play host to a friendly between Liga MX teams Club Leon and Santos Laguna on Sunday, July 6 at 5 p.m. Central Time, it was announced earlier today. FC Dallas’ home stadium has become a regular venue for friendlies involving Liga MX sides.
Heading into its first CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) tournament, the two-time defending Liga MX Champions, Leon will likely use the July 6 friendly as a tune-up match for its Group 7 opponents. Beginning in August, Leon will compete against Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) and Belmopan Bandits (Belize) for a chance to advance to the CCL quarterfinals, which kick off in early 2015. Liga MX clubs have won each of the five previous editions of the CCL, and Leon is considered one of the favorites in the upcoming 2014-15 competition. Leon will also be looking to fine tune its side as it seeks a rare third consecutive season title in Liga Mx.
The Leon roster features three players Rafa Marquez, Jose Juan Vazquez and Carlos Pena who will be competing with the Mexican National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Marquez was injured in the May 31st El Tri friendly against Ecuador down the road at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The former FC Barcelona and AS Monaco defender is in a race to regain match fitness in time for the World Cup.
Marquez, Vazquez and Pena may not be available for Leon in this friendly. Should Mexico advance to the knock out stages of the World Cup they are unlikely to report to the club in time for this friendly.
Santos Laguna will be preparing for the upcoming Apertura season in Liga MX which begins in late July. Osvaldo Sanchez who featured for Mexico in numerous major tournaments in the past is the headliner for Santos.