FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Italian giant AC Milan will meet Honduran power Olimpia at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 4. Olimpia replaces Brazil’s Cruzeiro, who was previously scheduled to face AC Milan in that match.
AC Milan and Olimpia will meet in the first game of a special soccer doubleheader that will see the previously-scheduled match between the host New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City in the second game.
Kickoff for the AC Milan-Olimpia match is set for 4:30 p.m., while the Revs will host Sporting at 7:30 p.m., as previously scheduled.
Tickets for the special doubleheader start at $35 ($30 for group tickets) and will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11. For Revolution Season Ticket Holders, this match will be a double-coupon event and the Milan-Olimpia match will serve as the special soccer event included in their season ticket packages. Season Ticket Holders will use only the ticket for the Sporting Kansas City match (ticket number 11) on game day to access their seats.
Revolution Season Ticket Holders will have access to additional tickets through a pre-sale that begins on Monday, July 9, at 10 a.m.
On August 4, the Gillette Stadium gates will open at 2:30 p.m., after parking lots will open at 12:30 p.m. Gillette Stadium parking charges will apply, however Revolution Season Ticket Holders will be able to use their season parking passes.
Olimpia, founded in 1912 and celebrating its historic 100th season, is the most popular team in Honduras and features several members of the Honduras National Team. The club is perennial contender in Liga Nacional, the top division in the country and will represent Honduras in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, beginning in July. Olimpia has won 25 league titles, including most recently the 2011-12 Apertura and Clausura titles. The club, which is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has finished either first (four times) or second (four times) in Liga Nacional in each of the last eight Apertura and Clausura seasons.
Olimpia features goalkeeper Noel Valladares and defender Jhony Palacios who were all members of Honduras’ squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, as well as former D.C. United midfielder Luciano Emilio. Olimpia has produced a number of players who have garnered American and international acclaim, including Wilmer Velasquez – who played the majority of his career with Olimpia and was named one of the top goal scorers in the world in 2005 – and current stars Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Ramón Nuñez (former FC Dallas, currently Leeds United), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) and David Suazo (Catania).
AC Milan, founded in 1899, is one of the world’s most successful soccer teams with 18 World (FIFA) and European (UEFA) titles combined, a worldwide record. Milan has won Serie A 18 times with its last title coming two years ago in 2011, preceding a runner-up finish this past year. The club has also won seven UEFA Champions League titles and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Last year, Milan advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League with a roster of stars, including captain Massimo Ambrosini, Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Brazil’s Alexandre Pato, Robinho and Thiago Silva.
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