Citi Field gets ready for Chile/Ecuador soccer match
by Rafael Lacayo
Aug 08, 2012 | 7098 views | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mets Executive Dave Howard was joined at Citi Field by Assemblyman Francisco Moya, General Consulate of Chile Julio Fiol, and Consulate of Ecuador Jorge Lopez to promote an upcoming soccer match between Ecuador and Chile.

Ecuador will face Chile in Queens on August 15 at 8 p.m. in the home of the New York Mets. It is expected to draw a large crowd.

“I think that this is once again a great day for soccer fans throughout Queens,” said Moya. “Two titans of the soccer world from South America playing at Citi Field.”

Last year, Citi Field hosted a match between Ecuador and Greece that was attended by nearly 40,000 people. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

“Last year at the Ecuador/Greece game the stadium was draped in yellow and blue,” said Moya.

“We our very excited to hold this match, this is a world-class soccer event between two of the best teams in the world,” said Howard. “As we saw last year, Citi Field was a terrific soccer venue and I’m looking forward to the excitement this match brings.”

Queens County boasts the largest population of Ecuadorians of any county in the United States with more than 100,000 resident. Likewise, the tri-state region boasts the largest Chilean population of any area in the country with more than 20,000 residents.

“Queens is our house and our community,” said Lopez. “On August 15, the Ecuadorian community will be here and we expect a good match.”

The 11th-ranked team in the world, Chile leads the South American Football Confederation with a 4-2-0 record and is currently seeking qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ecuador has a 3-2-0 record in the confederation and a world ranking of 36.

“It’s a great opportunity to strengthen the ties between Latin American countries because we are going to have two strong soccer teams that are eager to play an attractive match,” said Fiol

Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at or by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.
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