Chivas and Pumas to play friendly soccer game in Fresno, Calif.


Chivas from Guadalajara has finally scheduled a return to Fresno.

Mexico’s most popular soccer team will return on March 23 to meet the UNAM Pumas in a LigaMX friendly match at Chukchansi Park, Latin Entertainment has reported.

The match will start at 7:30 p.m.

Chivas and Monarcas Morelia were scheduled to play in 2019 in Fresno, but a scheduling conflict within the Mexican Football Federation forced a cancellation.

The last time Guadalajara-based Chivas played at Chukchansi Park, 11,977 fans watched them play against Monarcas Morelia in 2017.

Chivas has played in four previous friendlies in Fresno, drawing over 10,000 each time.

2001: Chivas v Tecos, 11,000 (Ratcliffe stadium)

2002: Chivas vs. Atlas, 10,000 (Bulldog Stadium)

2015 : Chivas vs. Atlas, 16 821 (Chukchansi Park)

2016: Chivas v Club León, 15 122 (Chukchansi Park)

Chivas is the only football club in Mexico that does not allow foreign players on its roster. It has been the launching pad for many internationally renowned Mexican players, including Omar Bravo, Javier “Chicharrito” Hernández, Carlos Salcido and Marco Fabián.

Chivas are one of the most successful teams in Mexico and hold the Mexican league record for the longest winning streak at the start of the season, with eight straight wins.

Chivas has competed in the Copa Libertadores, reaching the semi-finals twice (2005 and 2006) and finishing second in 2010.

Tickets for the Chivas-Pumas friendly run from $ 38 to $ 100 and can be purchased on ticketsvip starting at 10:00 a.m. PST Friday.

The game is hosted by Latin Entertainment Inc., the promoter who brought the Liga MX teams to Fresno, San Jose and Sacramento.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. It covers the Las Vegas Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA, and junior colleges. He has worked with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in Journalism and a minor in Criminology.
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