St. Patrick’s Day in the Bay Area will be celebrated with soccer and margaritas, as the Olympic hopeful squads of Mexico and Senegal, in one of their last tests before crucial Olympic qualifying matches, battle in a doubleheader at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Saturday, March 17, that will also feature the San Jose Earthquakes against the Houston Dynamo in a Major League Soccer regular season matchup, starting at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The doubleheader is presented by Visa.
An exclusive Visa pre-sale for the doubleheader will begin Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. local via www.sjearthquakes.com/visa. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Jan. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local on www.Tickets.com, at the AT&T Park box office (Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Giants Dugout Store locations, or by calling 1-800-225-2277.
AT&T Park has hosted the Mexican senior team in the past and international club soccer recently. The March 17 game will mark the return of Mexico’s Under-23 squad to the Bay Area. A memorable sold out crowd of more than 45,000 fans attended the 2008 game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum between Mexico and Iceland.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo – 2:00 p.m. PT
San Jose will host the MLS Cup 2011 runner up Houston Dynamo in what is expected to be an exciting match between the two former MLS champions with historical ties. Houston Dynamo is led by Best XI and MVP finalist Brad Davis, while San Jose counts on MLS’ leading goal scorer during the past two seasons, Chris Wondolowski. The regular season match was original scheduled for March 18.
Mexico vs. Senegal Under-23 Teams – 4:30 p.m. PT
The match between the Mexican and Senegalese Olympic hopefuls represents the first time these two national teams face off with under-23 squads. Mexico will use this match as part of its preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, which begin March 23 vs. Trinidad & Tobago, followed by Honduras (Mar. 25) and Panama (Mar. 27), all at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Senegal awaits its AFC playoff opponent in its Olympic qualifying, as the African nation looks to secure its spot in this summer’s big event.