San Diego Business Journal

Soccer Game Comes to Petco Park This Summer

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Soccer, or more accurately futbol, is coming to Petco Park this summer.

The San Diego Padres and Xolos de Tijuana, the city’s top professional futbol club, announced a San Diego Clasico match for July 6 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Xolos vs. Club America of Mexico City.

Both Mexican sides have huge fan bases here and in Mexico and should pack the 42,000 seat ballpark.

Last year’s Clasico was held at Qualcomm Stadium with the same clubs battling to a 1-1 draw. This will be the Xolos fourth appearance in the Clasico, which included a March 2011 match and February 2012 contest.

The upcoming match at Petco will be that venue’s third soccer event.

In 2005, the park hosted a “friendly” between Mexico and Sweden. In 2010 it hosted the Chiva Clasico between Chivas USA, which competes in Major League Soccer, and Chivas de Guadalajara of Liga MX, the nation’s premier futbol league.

The Xolos won the league’s Apertura title in December in only its sixth season in existence. It features Fernando Arce and Joe Corona, who also plays for the U.S. national team.

America is one of the most successful clubs in Mexican soccer history, and won 10 domestic national titles and has eight FIFA recognized club trophies.

— SDBJ Staff Report