SANDY, Utah (Monday, May 24, 2021) – Rio Tinto Stadium will welcome Club America and Santos Laguna on Sunday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m. MT as part of Tour Águila – the official United States Tour of Club America – welcoming back two storied clubs to the home of Real Salt Lake for the first time since 2017.
“Welcoming Club America and Santos Laguna – two of the premier clubs in Liga MX - to Rio Tinto Stadium is such an incredible opportunity for the region. It’s a testament to the fans in Utah that Tour Aguila would select Utah as a destination for events like this that include clubs of such high esteem in North America,” Interim President John Kimball said. “Additionally, having Club America here to train for 10 days is a remarkable statement about the world-class facilities we have at the Zions Bank Training Center. We look forward to their arrival and the excitement for soccer that it will bring to Salt Lake City.”
The match marks the fourth time Club America has played in Utah, facing Real Salt Lake on three previous occasions, in 2006 at Rice-Eccles Stadium and at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2009 and 2017. Featuring Mexican National Team fan favorites Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa and Gio Dos Santos, Club America is the winningest club in North America with more than 40 titles including 13 league trophies.
“The Liga MX teams coming to the state of Utah to play at Rio Tinto Stadium is the first opportunity to host an international team in our state after the pandemic, and is also a wonderful opportunity for different communities to come together and to highlight our Latino community in our state with the RSL community. Utah hosting these clubs teams—Club América and Santos Laguna—is valuable for strengthening our international partnerships, building connections, raising awareness, and celebrating how vaccines make this possible as we continue to open our state to the world.”
The Consulate of Mexico and the Office of Senator Luz Escamilla will be part of the celebrations around this great event.
Sandy, Utah will host the first stop in the multi-city Tour Águila, giving the strong Club America fanbase in Utah a chance to partake in an official Fan Fest taking place prior to the game on The Plaza located on the stadium’s East side starting at 2:30 p.m. on July 4 and will consist of live music, food, team mascot, championship trophies, and much more. Tour Águila pits Club America against various top clubs from Liga MX, MLS, and European Leagues during its pre-seasons and selected FIFA dates. These matches take place in major U.S. cities with large Hispanic populations.
The match will be Club America’s fourth visit to Utah having previously featured at Rice Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in 2006 before playing at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2009 in a match against Real Salt Lake. Most recently, Club America visited Rio Tinto Stadium in 2017 in a friendly against Monarcas Morelia.
Meanwhile, Liga MX semifinalist Santos Laguna will be making its second appearance at Rio Tinto Stadium and third match all-time in Utah having previously faced Club Tijuana (Xolos) in a friendly in 2016 in Sandy after facing RSL at Rice Eccles Stadium in 2008. Santos is currently looking to clinch their seventh Liga MX Championship, last lifting the trophy in 2018.
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