FGCU to host U-17 Mexican National Team in Exhibition Match
Friday, July 30, 2010
U-17 Mexican National team preps for World Cup

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 2010-11 FGCU home schedule will kick-off in style on Sunday, August 15, when the women’s soccer team welcomes the Under-17 Mexican National Team to campus for an exhibition game at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

Tickets for the 4 p.m. match will go on sale on Aug. 1, and can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available on www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. Individual tickets will be $6, while group rates for 10 or more are $3.

“It’s exciting for not only our team, but the local community to have the U-17 Mexican National team as our first home opponent,” said FGCU head coach Jim Blankenship. “They are preparing for the 2010 U-17 World Cup, so it’ll be a very competitive match that will have a great atmosphere. The exhibition matches are very important in our preparation for the season so playing a tough opponent like the U-17 team will be very beneficial.”

The game will feature American and Mexican concessions around the FGCU Soccer Complex. Vuvuzelas, the craze of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will also be sold at the game.

Mexico qualified for its first-ever Women’s World Cup that will be in held in Trinidad and Tobago from September 5-25, by finishing second at the 2010 CONCACAF Championship. Mexico posted a 3-0 record in group play, including a 1-0 win over eventual-champion Canada, at the CONCACAF Championship held in Costa Rica last March. Mexico advanced to the finals of the tournament where it fell to Canada. Due to its second place finish, Mexico earned an automatic bid into the 16-team U-17 Women’s World Cup where it will begin in Group B and open against Germany in the first game of the tournament on Sept. 5.

The exhibition match will be the second of the season for FGCU after it opens at FAU on Aug. 12. The Eagles return 22 players from last year’s club that finished just one point shy of a regular season crown, closed on a three-game win streak, posted nine shutouts and led the A-Sun with just 14 goals against.

FGCU will be led by their seven-member senior class in 2009. All seven members of the senior class were a part of the inaugural team in 2007 and have compiled a record of 32-16-6 over their first three years.