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17.06.2009 18:48

Chivas third and final opponents on US tour


Mexican outfit Chivas Guadalajara will be Barça’s third opponents on their tour of the US West Coast. The two sides are to go head-to-head on 9 August at the San Francisco 49ers stadium.

Candlestick_Park_Estadi_San_Francisco-foto_San_Francisco_49ers.jpgFC Barcelona’s 2009/10 preseason continues to take shape. Their third and final opponents on their US tour have been announced this Wednesday. It will be the fifth in a series of friendlies after matches with Tottenham , Al-Ahly , LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders . This fifth game will be against Chivas Guadalajara and is to be played on 9 August at Monster Park , home of gridiron side the San Francisco 49ers.

After the game the Barça party will head home to gear up for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on 16 August.

Mexican legends

Guadalajara, known to their fans as ‘Chivas Rayadas’, has the most Mexican League titles having racked up 11. It also has one of the largest worldwide fan bases. Founded in 1906, it only fields Mexican players and hence has a very strong academy system.

Recent precedents

chivas-fcb_x4x.jpgBarça and Chivas have played each other twice in the last three years. Last summer they faced off in Chicago, when the Catalans won 2-5 with goals by Xavi, Hleb, Eto’o (2) and Cáceres. Two seasons before that they drew one all in Los Angeles, with Gudjohnsen scoring for the side then managed by Frank Rijkaard.
Chivas third and final opponents on US tour

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The six preseason friendlies
24 July: Tottenham (London)
26 July: Al-Ahly (London)
1 August: LA Galaxy (Pasadena)
5 August: Seattle Sounders (Seattle)
9 August: Chivas (San Francisco)
18 August: Joan Gamper Trophy

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