World Cup powerhouses Portugal and Mexico will battle each other in an international friendly at Gillette Stadium on Friday, June 6, in preparation for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil later in June, the New England Revolution announced on Friday.
The USA is scheduled to face FIFA-ranked No. 4 Portugal in World Cup Group G play on June 22 in Brazil.
The match at Gillette will feature Portugal's and Mexico’s top squads, including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the current FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, and also Manchester United midfielder Nani and Real Madrid defender Pepe. Mexico has recently called up Javier Hernández, Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos.
The last meeting between Mexico and Portgual ended in a 2-1 victory for Portugal during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Portugal played at Gillette last September, resulting in a 3-1 loss to Brazil for a crowd of 62,310.
The Mexican National Team last played in Foxborough in 2007 in a 3-2 loss to Brazil before a record crowd of 67,684 – the largest ever soccer crowd in the history of Gillette Stadium. Currently 21st in the FIFA world rankings, Mexico will face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Chicago on Tuesday, June 3, before traveling to the East Coast.
“With both of these teams leaving directly for Brazil after this series of matches, we’re very excited to be able to present this unique opportunity to fans of this region,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “The chance to see two World Cup-bound squads – and some of the world’s top players – means this will be a truly memorable event for everyone in attendance.”
Tickets for Portugal-Mexico start at $40 and will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, through Ticketmaster outlets and the Gillette Stadium box office by calling 1-877-GET-REVS. Revolution season ticket holders and multi-game package holders will have access to private pre-sales to be announced during the next week.
On June 6, the Gillette Stadium parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. and the gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Portugal-Mexico kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.