The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Graben Sports & Entertainment are partnering to bring the Copa Gigantes De America to the Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton.
This international soccer extravaganza will feature six professional soccer clubs representing three different nations — Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.
These professional soccer clubs will have trained for nearly two weeks in Palm Beach County before competing in three friendly matches at FAU Stadium.
On Sunday, June 30, five-time Mexican club champion Pachuca faces off against Colombian powerhouse America de Cali, followed immediately by current Uruguayan club champion Peñarol against Deportivo Independiente Medellin at Florida Atlantic University.
Colombian and Uruguayan soccer fans will be traveling to the Palm Beaches during the first week of July to watch four of the most popular teams from those respective nations.
On July 4, Penarol of Uruguay plays Millonarios of Colombia at 3:15 p.m., and Colombian teams Nacional and America de Cali play at 8:15 p.m.
Two days later, on July 6, Nacional plays Penarol at 5:15 p.m. and America de Cali plays Millonarios at 9:30 p.m.
The Uruguayan rivalry features the country’s two most popular teams, which together have won 150 national and international titles. Millonarios from Bogotá has won the Colombian soccer league title 15 times and are on track for another championship title, while America de Cali sits in fourth place in the first division league.
The event will be broadcast live across Latin America in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, with a heavy emphasis on Colombian and Uruguayan markets.
All six professional clubs are powerhouses in their respective home countries, as well as among the most popular. The matches on July 6 are both “derbies” in their respective countries, and in the case of the Uruguayan derby, represents a high-interest event, as it is the first ever edition of Uruguay’s national derby played in the United States.
Tickets for all the matches are available through Ticketmaster. Use promo code GSE15 for a 15 percent discount.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. For more information, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.