Detroit City FC today announced it will host Fútbol Club Atlas of Mexico’s Liga MX for an international friendly match at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, Mich., on Saturday, September 7.
The international match is presented by DTE Energy. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 PM ET.
The friendly marks the second Liga MX team to visit Keyworth in 2019. The club recently announced it will host Lobos BUAP for its 2019 International Series match presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions on Wednesday, July 10.
Based in Guadalajara, Atlas FC was founded in 1916 and is managed by Leandro Cufré. Atlas currently plays in the Estadio Jalisco, which is the third largest stadium in Mexico and was constructed on January 31, 1960. Atlas FC roster features several players who have represented their nation at the highest levels of soccer, including Omar Gonzalez of the US National Team.
Atlas FC boasts one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in Mexico, affectionately referred to as the La Fiel, or “the Faithful.”
DCFC’s international friendly vs. Atlas FC adds to an already busy season for Detroit City FC, which includes new head coach Trevor James, a longer home schedule and the launch of the inaugural NPSL Founders Cup with the club’s first professional roster.
“Last summer we had the pleasure of bringing the first Liga MX team to Michigan in over 40 years, and the response from the community was overwhelming with a sold-out crowd,” DCFC CEO Sean Mann said. “This year we’re excited to bring a historic club like Atlas FC to Detroit, especially with so many members of the local Mexican community also hailing from the state of Jalisco.”
"As a member of the Detroit community and its rich cultural heritage, DTE is honored to sponsor and support Detroit City FC and Club Atlas,” said Dan Brudzynski, Vice President, Gas Sales & Supply, DTE Energy.
"We are always looking forward to bringing our brand to different cities in the United States, where we know that there are many red-black fans,” said Atlas FC Sports Director Ignacio Hierro. “For us, our visit to Detroit is important, not only for this friendly match but also in order to establish formal relationships beyond just sports. I am sure that we will have a great first friendly match next September against Detroit City FC.”
Tickets for DCFC vs. Atlas FC will go on sale Friday, May 17 at tickets.detcityfc.com.
Season tickets, which include admission to all City home matches including international friendlies, are still available and offer the best deal in Detroit sports. Season tickets can be purchased here. View the full 2019 Detroit City FC schedule here.
Detroit City FC would like to thank Futbol Marketing Group for helping make this match a reality.