The Atlanta Silverbacks will host Mexican soccer legend CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO and his team, Irapuato FC, in an exhibition game at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on October 19, the club announced Friday.
The Silverbacks just concluded their inaugural season in the NASL last weekend, but will return to the field in less than a month to play opposite Blanco, who is the second leading goalscorer in the history of the Mexican national soccer team.
“I'm excited to be coming to Atlanta to play the Silverbacks in a couple weeks,” Blanco said via translator. “I know it's going to be a great match, and I look forward to meeting all the Atlanta soccer fans.”
The 38-year-old striker has been with Irapuato since 2010, after an illustrious professional career in Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. Blanco has represented Mexico 121 times, scoring 39 goals and earning a plethora of prestigious awards along the way. He is a five-time MVP of the Mexican First Division, a MLS All-Star Game MVP, and a Confederations Cup champion.
Blanco won the Golden Boot at the 1999 Confederations Cup after scoring six goals in the tournament, which Mexico won, beating Brazil 4-3 in the finals. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the finals, alongside then-teammate and current Silverbacks head coach JOSÉ MANUEL ABUNDIS, who also tallied a goal in the game.
The Wednesday night match will kick off at 7 p.m. at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, with the gates opening at 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $28-$48 and can be purchased online at atlantasilverbacks.com, by phone at 404-969-4900, or in person at Atlanta Silverbacks Park from 5-11 p.m. daily. A limited number of tickets are also available for fans to attend a pre-game dinner reception with both teams on October 17; tickets to the reception cost $100 and include a $48 ticket to the match. Ticketing opens immediately for 2011 and 2012 Silverbacks season ticket holders; tickets will be available for the general public beginning Monday.