CHICAGO, Ill. (Sept.6 , 2012) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Club Santos Laguna released the traveling roster in advance of the Chicago Fire vs. Santos Laguna match at Toyota Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Tickets for the first meeting between the Chicago Fire and Santos Laguna are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire or by visiting www.chicago-fire.com. The international friendly will serve as Bonus Game 2 in the Fire Season Ticket and Ten Game packages.
The Fire take a break from MLS play when they host the four-time Mexican Primera División champions. Reigning Clausura Champions Santos Laguna have captured four titles in Mexico’s Primera División, most recently defeating Monterey 3-2 on aggregate to capture the 2012 Clausura tournament. Santos Laguna has experienced success in the CONCACAF region as well. The Albiverdes placed second in the 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League. Santos Laguna were also crowned champions of the inaugural 2004 InterLiga tournament, the tournament between Mexican clubs to determine qualifying spots for the Copa Libertadores.
This is the second consecutive year that the Fire will welcome a Mexican opponent to Toyota Park. In 2011, the Fire took on Chivas de Guadalajara in front of a crowd of more than 18,000. A 61st minute goal by Jorge Mora would prove the difference as Chivas de Guadalajara escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Captain and three-time FIFA World Cup veteran goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez will lead his Santos Laguna side out against the Fire.
CLUB SANTOS LAGUNA ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS: Miguel Becerra, Oswaldo Sanchez
DEFENDERS: Kenyi Adachi, Oswaldo Alanís, Rafael Figueroa, Aaron Galindo, Luis Alberto Garcia, Cesar Ibañez, Osmar Mares, Carlos Torres Zapata
MIDFIELDERS: Marc Crosas, Alejandro Martínez, Cándido Ramírez, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Rodolfo Salinas, Walter Gael Sandoval
FORWARDS: Daniel Ludueña, Daniel Guzman, Benjamin Joya, Carlos Parra