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SJ Earthquakes to host Atletico Madrid at Candlestick Park

The Quakes welcome La Ligua's top squad
The Quakes welcome La Ligua's top squad
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The San Jose Earthquakes will be hosting Atletico Madrid, the UEFA Champions League Semifinalist (of La Liga) on Sunday, July 27 at Candlestick Park at 4 p.m. PT.

The team made the announcement this morning, adding that tickets for the match will go on sale on May 20.

“This is a great opportunity for Bay Area soccer fans to watch their local team take on one of the premier clubs in the world,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval. “Hosting a UEFA Champions League semifinalist is a special experience. Earthquakes fans have some great games to look forward to this summer and this match adds to the list.”

Earthquakes season ticket holders will have first dibs at tickets with a special pre-sale taking place on May 12, while suites and group tickets will also be available by calling 408-556-7700.

San Jose’s 2014 Summer of Soccer includes the United States Men’s National Team hosting Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on Tuesday, May 27, followed by the Earthquakes facing the LA Galaxy for the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 28. One month later comes the Atletico Madrid match followed by a trip to Levi’s Stadium for the inaugural event.

On Saturday night, the Earthquakes picked up their first win of the MLS season, with a 1-0 final against Chivas USA, while Atletico Madrid leads the league with only three games left in La Liga, powered by Spanish international forwards David Villa and Diego Costa. The club has recorded 10 Copa del Rey championships, nine La Liga titles and two UEFA Super Cup and Europa League titles.

The squad also features Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Brazilian defender Filipe Luis and Spanish midfielder Koke.