WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 — D.C. United will play famed Mexican club Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. (commonly known Guadalajara Chivas) in a friendly match on Friday, July 12 at RFK Stadium at 8 p.m. This will mark the first time United has played a Mexican team in a summer friendly at RFK.
Guadalajara Chivas is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, having won 11 titles in Mexico’s Primera División and two Copa México trophies since its founding in 1906. The 107-year-old club is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players. One of the team’s most noted products is Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
United has previouly played Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League (1-1 tie and 1-2 loss), the Copa SudaAmericana (2-1 win, 0-1 loss) and the Superliga (1-2 loss) in 2008 the last time the team’s met.
“Club Deportivo Guadalajara and D.C. United are among the most storied clubs in North America, and we’re looking forward to participating in what’s sure to be a competitive match against Chivas,” said United’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Williamson.
Chivas last visited the U.S. in 2011 when it tied MLS’ Sporting Kansas City 2-2 in Kansas City. Prior to facing off against United, Chivas is set to clash with Club America on, July 3 in Las Vegas, NV.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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