Mexico to face Ghana in Houston before Gold Cup


HOUSTON – The Mexican National Team will play a key soccer match in Houston this summer on its road to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The defending tournament champions will face African World Cup participant Ghana at NRG Stadium at 7:30 p.m. June 28.

Mexico has defeated Ghana in two all-time meetings (2006 and 2008). The 2006 game, played at FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium, saw Guillermo Franco score the game’s only goal with a 75th-minute header.

Mexican National Team legend Pável Pardo was the hero of the 2008 game, scoring the winning goal -- a penalty -- in the 85th minute to give Mexico a 2-1 win in a match played in England.

Mexico has played at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) 15 times, resulting in seven wins, six draws and just two losses.

The first, in 2003 against archrival the United States, resulted in a scoreless draw in front of almost 70,000 fans.

Since then, the Mexican National Team has played matches at NRG Stadium nearly every year, including Gold Cup matches, World Cup qualifying matches and a match against Venezuela during last year’s historic Copa America Centenario.

The game is part of the 15th annual Mexican National Team U.S. tour, which kicked off Feb. 8 in Las Vegas in a 1-0 win against Iceland in front of a record-breaking audience for soccer in the city.

Tickets to the Houston match will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time March 29 via Ticketmaster.com.

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