Spanish La Liga Champions, the Atletico Madrid defeated San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 in penalty kicks, after 0-0 in regulation in what appears to be last soccer game played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Tickets for the San Jose Earthquakes vs Atletico Madrid match will go on sale to the general public starting on Tuesday, May 20 at TICKETS ON SALE
The match will be possible mainly thanks to sponsorship deal, that Atletico Madrid club has with U.S. based media giant DIRECT TV.
“The satisfaction we feel to be able to announce for the second year in a row that Atlético will go on a pre-season international tour with DIRECTV, taking part in the second edition of the EuroAmerican Cup” said Enrique Cerezo President of Club Atlético de Madrid.
The match is a part of EuroAmerican Cup 2014, was officially presented in the VIP Lounge of the Vicente Calderón Stadium on April 28th, 2014 and it will be two games series. After game vs Earthquakes at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Atletico Madrid team will travel to Mexico City, where on legendary Azteca Stadium will face famous Club America, on Wednesday July 30.
The Atletico Madrid at this point is not only UEFA Champions League semifinalist, with still fair chances to eliminate Chelsea FC and move to the final of the most prestigious club competition. Already called coaching genius Diego Simeone and his side, needs only 2 wins vs lower rank teams Levante and Malaga to clinch Spanish La Liga title, and finish above giants FC Barcelona and their local rival Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has 106 caps for Argentina, and played for many big clubs in Europe, but as coach he really become a star this year, enjoying the best season, and set the best record in club history.
“This is a great opportunity for Bay Area soccer fans to watch their local team take on one of the premier clubs in the world,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval. “Hosting a UEFA Champions League semifinalist is a special experience. Earthquakes fans have some great games to look forward to this summer and this match adds to the list.”
Earthquakes season ticket holders will have a special pre-sale starting on May 12 and will receive a discount off regular ticket prices. Those fans should look for an email from the club’s fan relations department.
Suites and group tickets are available through the Earthquakes front office in person or by calling 408-556-7700. The club will also have designated supporter areas in sections 42 and 44.
San Jose’s 2014 Summer of Soccer includes a quartet of big games. It all starts with the United States Men’s National Team hosting Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on Tuesday, May 27 (7 p.m. PT / ESPN2, WatchESPN, Unimas). Next, the Earthquakes will host the LA Galaxy for the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 28 (7:30 p.m. PT / NBC Sports Network). One month later comes the Atletico Madrid match followed by a trip to Levi’s® Stadium for the inaugural event at the state-of-the-art venue.
With three games left in the La Liga season, Atletico Madrid is No. 1 in the table with 88 points from a 28-4-3 record. Among their marquee results were 1-0 wins against Real Madrid in La Liga on September 28 and Barcelona in UEFA Champions League on April 9. The Rojiblancos are one of four remaining teams in the UEFA Champions League, drawing Chelsea FC 0-0 in their first leg last week.
Their current roster includes Spanish international forwards David Villa and Diego Costa, who have combined for 40 goals in 31 starts for the club. The squad also features Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Brazilian defender Filipe Luis and Spanish midfielder Koke.
Atletico Madrid was founded in 1903 and celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2013. The club has remained in the top flight of Spanish soccer since 2002 after being relegated to the Second Division following the 1999-00 campaign. The club has recorded 10 Copa del Rey championships, nine La Liga titles and two UEFA Super Cup and Europa League titles.
The Earthquakes last played at Candlestick Park on Aug. 8, 2009 when they hosted a doubleheader that featured an MLS regular season game against the Columbus Crew and an international friendly between FC Barcelona and Chivas de Guadalajara.
Six Largest Attendances in Club History
1. *73,123 – Earthquakes vs. D.C. United at Stanford Stadium, July 4, 1999
2. **61,572 – Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew at Candlestick Park, August 8, 2009
3. 50,391 – Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium, June 30, 2012
4. 50,028 – Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium, June 29, 2013
5. 41,028 – Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls at Stanford Stadium, July 2, 2011
6. 39,872 – Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, July 14, 2008
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