FORT WAYNE – The New York Yankees of Mexican soccer is coming to Fort Wayne.
Chivas Guadalajara, Mexico, will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, the festivals executive director Terry Stefankiewicz announced Saturday.
Chivas will face Notre Dame on Aug. 16 and Indiana on Aug. 18.
Both contests will take place at IPFWs Hefner Fields. The IU game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
Theyre the biggest name in Mexican professional soccer, Stefankiewicz said.
Indiana coach Todd Yeagley told his players just before Saturdays exhibition with the Irish.
They were kind of wide-eyed, Yeagley said. We say from a soccer standpoint our goal in the preseason is to challenge ourselves. This will be the ultimate test for us.
This is the Yankees, the Cowboys. This is the countrys team. The buzz around hosting this is going to explode. Were just happy that were involved.
This is the first time in the 13 years of the festival that a professional team will participate.
It took about six months to get a signed contract.
Now that Ive had some meetings with the Hispanic chamber, the Hispanic community is ecstatic about this, Stefankiewicz said. When I called (Notre Dame coach) Bobby Clark and told him about Chivas, he said, Terry, where are you going to seat people?
There will be people coming from Chicago, Detroit, Bloomington, 150-mile radius for this game. Were really, really excited about the community being the recipient of this type of attention.