MLS side San Jose Earthquakes have today announced that they are set to play Atletico Madrid on the 27th July at Candlestick Park, with kick-off set for 4pm P.T, according to the club’s official website.
With Atletico currently in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, the deal represents a major coup for the Earthquakes, as was pointed out by club president Dave Kaval.
Speaking on the club’s official website, he said, “Hosting a UEFA Champions League semi-finalist is a special experience. Earthquakes fans have some great games to look forward to this summer and this match adds to the list.”
Season ticket holders of the Earthquakes will have access to discounted tickets for the match, as well as a special pre-sale period open to them only.
The Earthquakes’ current ground – the Buckshaw Stadium – has a capacity of only 11,500 and is therefore unsuitable for the arranged match.
Candlestick Park has a 69,000 seat capacity, and will therefore be able to accommodate the vast numbers of fans that are expected to attend the one-off match.
Atletico, currently managed by the Argentinian Diego Simeone, sit four points clear at the top of Spain’s La Liga and remain on course to claim their first league title since 1996.
Indeed, a title triumph would be significant as it would signal an end to the two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid that has dominated Spanish football for so long.
Simeone is regarded as one of Europe’s top young managers, and it is rumored that Manchester United are interested in his services after sacking David Moyes last week following a dismal ten months in charge.
The Earthquakes will certainly be hoping that Atletico beat rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona to the La Liga title, as it will only boost the profile of both clubs and the MLS around the world.
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