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Report: Portugal to Play Mexico in Boston on 6/6


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Less than a year after playing in front of 62,310 fans at Gillette Stadium, Portugal’s National Team is tentatively set to return to New England for a pre-World Cup friendly against Mexico on Jun. 6.

According to a report on ESPN FC, El Tri is “95 percent” certain to complete a deal that would pit them against Portugal in Boston prior to the World Cup, said Mexico federation president Justino Compean on Tuesday.

“We are trying to set up matches with qualified teams,” Compean said during a media conference Tuesday. He advised that the potential clash against Portugal was still pending confirmation, and did not specify where the match would potentially take place.

Last September, Portugal squared off against Brazil in a friendly at Gillette Stadium, a game which the Canaries won 3-1. Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was scheduled to feature for Portugal, but was called back to Real Madrid prior to the friendly. The Sept. 10, 2013 friendly marked the first time that Portugal had played in New England in over 20 years.

Mexico last played in the area in 2007, when they, too, played Brazil and suffered a 3-1 loss to a side that featured Kaka, Ronaldinho and Alexander Pato.


  1. Peter

    February 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Its nice to see an International game @ the Gillette again? A soccer fan should take in a International soccer game , The Int team players will be out to impress & play hard for the Head Coach– A Club soccer game friendly’s can be overrated and you have to pay a lot for your ticket The. Club soccer team do not play there 1st team player ie the reserves & youth players RE LIVERPOOL v ROMA @Fenway park Liverpool played there reserves & youth players & ROMA had there 1st team squad & reserves ????????????

  2. Kevin Canica

    February 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I was under the impression this game was going to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. I had heard reports of that earlier.

  3. Brian O'Connell

    February 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    An earlier report suggested MetLife as the venue, though it appears nothing yet has been finalized.

  4. Jason

    February 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    The Brazil friendly wasn’t Portugals first game in New England in over 20 years. I watched a Portugal vs Italy World Cup qualifier (maybe it was a friendly, not 100% sure) in CT @ Yale’s stadium for the ’96 cup. Maybe it was their first in MA in over 20 years.

  5. Kevin

    February 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Brian i live in NJ and many Portuguese will traveling to see this one in preparation for the WC. Any idea if this has been solidified? Was really hoping for MetLife Std to be honest. Huge Portuguese and Mexican contingent in the NY/NJ area also.

  6. Kevin

    February 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! My family and friends will definetly be in attendance. Gotta get my tickets. Appreciate your help and information.

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