Honduran powerhouse Olimpia has replaced Cruziero as AC Milan‘s opponent in the doubleheader at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 4. Cruzeiro was unavailable due to scheduling issues.
AC Milan and Olimpia will face off in the first game of a doubleheader and New England Revolution will battle Sporting Kansas City in the second game.
Kickoff for the AC Milan-Olimpia match is set for 4:30 p.m. and the Revolution host Sporting at 7:30 p.m., as previously scheduled. Parking lots open at 12:30 p.m. and stadium gates open at 2:30 p.m. Gillette Stadium parking charges will apply, but Revolution season ticket holders can use their season parking passes.
Tickets for the doubleheader start at $35 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11.
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 a 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 the 2011-12 Apertura and Clausura titles.
Olimpia features goalkeeper Noel Valladares, defender Jhony Palacios and midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia, 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.
AC Milan returns
The last time AC Milan visited Gillette Stadium in 2009, they faced Inter in the World Football Challenge tournament and drew a crowd of 42,531. At the time, Oguchi Onyewu started for AC Milan. Inter shut out AC Milan 2-0 in the tournament and AC Milan finished fourth.
Click here for a photo gallery of the event and read Jose Mourinho’s comments on the tournament here.
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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