Galveston Pirates Arrange CONCACAF Champions Monterrey Reserve Team to Challenge Match July 2nd

How would you fancy going to see the current CONCACAF Champions League  reserve team play in a match?

And before you start checking the CONCACAF website to check and see who it is, it’s Mexican giants Club de Futbol Monterrey, or as they are more fondly recognized, Monterrey Rayados.

It’s a long journey to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, we hear you say, but travel not needed Pirate fans because the Rayados are coming to Galveston!

Yes, the Mexican giants are sending their upcoming reserve team to Galveston for an arranged challenge match with the Galveston Pirate Soccer Club and if you have any interest in the game of soccer, this match up will be one that you do not want to miss!

The Rayados senior squad defeated Real Salt Lake in the two leg Champions League Final last year and shows the quality of the club, giving them the illustrious title of Champion of the CONCACAF region. This title also allows them entry to play in the FIFA Club World Cup along with Champions of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
Pirate coach Brendan Keyes said:”This is huge, perhaps the largest sporting event to have ever taken place in the Galveston area. We will be playing at Courville stadium for this match as the capacity is 10’000 and the buzz around this game already tells us that tickets for the game will be like gold-dust.”

“We have a large Mexican population in the area so it will interest a large demographic of soccer fans from across the region.”

“Typically, only Houston Dynamo in the MLS would be able to attract a team of Monterreys quality but thanks to the growth of our club through the NPSL and our TV partners Azteca 51, we have been able to coax the Mexican giants to send their reserve squad to Galveston to participate in this challenge match.” continued the Irishman.

“This will be the Rayados reserve team we will be playing against.

“Currently they are still playing in the Torneo Clausura until the end of April and are in one of the playoff spots, only three points from top spot, so they are a good side. We are under no illusions how good they are and this match will be a tough test for us.”

“We finish our NPSL season against Regals SCA on Saturday 30th June and this challenge match is scheduled for Monday July 2nd, so it’s going to be an exciting few days for all involved with the Pirate franchise.”

“Monterrey were very approachable with regards to this match, and agreed to the details without much discussion needed. They look like being very good opponents and their organizers have been gentlemen throughout the process.”

“We look forward to seeing the bleachers packed at Courville Stadium come July 2nd and hopefully with this stadium being smaller than the 38’000 Technologico Stadium they are used to, it will work in our favour and perhaps give us a level playing field with the Mexican giants.”

Ticket prices are still to be set and we will inform you as soon as we have further details. 

Stay Tuned folks, Club de Futbol Monterrey reserves are coming to town!

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