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Detroit City FC to host LigaMX’s Pumas UNAM for international friendly

By Staff, 04/10/24, 6:15PM EDT


Historic Mexican club will visit Keyworth Stadium on Saturday, June 22

Historic LigaMX side Pumas UNAM will visit Detroit City FC for an international friendly on June 22, the first for DCFC since the COVID-19 pandemic. | Photo courtesy Pumas UNAM

DETROIT – Detroit City FC announced on Wednesday the club would host historic LigaMX side Club Universidad Nacional – also known as Pumas UNAM – in an international friendly at Keyworth Stadium on Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. ET.

The contest will mark Le Rouge’s first international friendly since the COVID pandemic, and the ninth in the club’s history overall. The match has been made possible thanks to the support of Ideal Group of Detroit.

"We're excited to bring back international friendlies to Keyworth, especially with an opponent of this caliber. While all fun, these matches serve as a reminder of what makes soccer so special as the world's sport: bringing together communities near and far while serving as a chance to showcase the city of Detroit and our club to the world," said Sean Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Detroit City FC.

Pumas is one of Mexico's most iconic and storied football clubs. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is a Mexico City-based club founded in 1954. The team's name, PUMAS, is derived from the university’s nickname, "Los Pumas.”

Pumas UNAM quickly made its mark in Mexican football, winning its first league title in the 1976-1977 season. This triumph marked the beginning of a golden era for the club, with subsequent successes in the 1980s and 1990s cementing their reputation as a powerhouse in Mexican football. Led by iconic players such as Cabinho, Hugo Sánchez, and Luis Flores, Pumas became known for their attacking style and ability to produce talented youth players.

One of the most memorable moments in Pumas' history came in 1980 when they won the Copa Interamericana, defeating the renowned Club Nacional de Football from Uruguay. This victory elevated Pumas onto the international stage and solidified their status as one of Mexico's top football clubs.

“We are proud to welcome Pumas to Keyworth Stadium,” said DCFC Sporting Director Trevor James. “We know how deep their support runs in the United States and across the world. This marquee matchup shows our commitment to providing metro Detroit with world-class friendlies against globally recognizable opponents. The match will be a unique experience for soccer fans in Metro Detroit to see DCFC lining up against one of Mexico's most popular and impactful clubs.”

Throughout the years, Pumas has maintained a strong presence in Mexican football, consistently competing for domestic titles and showcasing the talent of young Mexican players.

The club's commitment to nurturing homegrown talent and playing an attractive brand of football has endeared it to fans not only in Mexico but also across the globe.

Today, Pumas remains a prominent force in Mexican football, with a passionate fan base and a rich history that inspires generations of players and supporters alike. As they strive for excellence on the pitch, the Pumas football club remains a symbol of pride for the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a beloved institution in Mexican sports.

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