The 2007 match featured Mexico's Javier Hernandez, who currently plays for Manchester United.

Irish To Play Host To Mexico Under-20 National Team On April 27

April 13, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s soccer team will play host to the Mexico Under-20 National Team on April 27 at Alumni Stadium. The exhibition match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).

Prior to the men’s match, the Fighting Irish women’s soccer team will face the Haitian National Team at 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium. Fans only need one ticket to attend both games. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (21 and under)/seniors (55 and older). The ticket office will honor all season tickets from the fall season.

There is free admission for Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s/Holy Cross students with a valid student ID. Notre Dame faculty and staff also will receive free admission with a current Notre Dame ID. Those offers are void when capacity is reached.

Tickets can be purchased at the Murnane Family Athletics Ticket Office (Gate 9 of Purcell Pavilion) during normal business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET weekdays), by calling the ticket office at (574) 631-7356, or by going on-line at Tickets also will be sold at the Alumni Stadium ticket windows on match night (until capacity is reached), although it is recommended that fans purchase tickets in advance to prevent long lines at the ticket windows prior to kickoff.

Early arriving fans will receive a free rally towel. Since the Notre Dame baseball team has a game at 5:35 p.m. that evening, fans attending the soccer match should park at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center lot.

This will be the seventh time in the last eight years that the Fighting Irish have played host to a Mexican National Team during the spring exhibition season. Notre Dame is 4-1-1 in those matches. Last season, the Irish fell to the Mexico U-17 squad, 2-1.

The first meeting occurred in 2005 and the Irish won that match against the Mexico Under-17 squad, 1-0. Notre Dame produced a 5-0 triumph over the U-17s in 2006. Notre Dame met the U-20s for the first time in 2007 and claimed a 1-0 victory. In 2008, the Irish and the Mexico U-20s played to a scoreless draw. Notre Dame topped the Mexico U-20 team 2-1 in 2010.

Mexico’s current U-20 squad features many players that were part of the U-17 team that won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup last summer.

“It’s been an amazing relationship that we’ve enjoyed with Mexico,” says Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark. “We get so much out of these games and obviously Mexico feels like they get something out of it or they wouldn’t keep coming back. We know we’re playing a very good team. They will be one of the best under-20 teams in the world. It’s great to finish our spring season this way because it’ll be a terrific test and it will let us see where we stand. This game will really prepare us for our top games next season.”

The Fighting Irish finished the 2011 season with a 9-5-4 record, which included a 5-3-1 mark in BIG EAST play.

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