The New York Mets announced today that the Israeli national soccer team will play Honduras in a soccer match at Citi Field on Sunday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. This match will mark Israel’s first New York appearance in over 35 years.
Tickets for this match start at $20 and will go on sale, Monday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/Soccer as well as 718-507-TIXX. There will be a special presale for Mets Season Ticket Holders and Citi Private Pass starting this Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at http://www.citiprivatepass.com/SoccerPresale and the match will take place rain or shine.
This match will take place on the same day as the Celebrate Israel Parade, which is an annual celebration up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Israeli is ranked 66th in the world and is led by manager Eli Guttman, with the team earning a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland on March 26 in a World Cup Qualifier in Belfast. The national team features several players from the English Premiere league: Tal Ben Haim (Queens Park Rangers), Itay Shechter (Swansea City) and Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea).
Honduras, which qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is ranked 55th in the world. Led by coach Luis Fernando Suarez. Honduras lost to Panama 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier on March 26 in Panama City. This team will feature several players from the English Premiere League as well as Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Roger Espinoza (Wigan) and Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) are all on the roster.
This will be the third straight year that Citi Field has hosted an international soccer competition, as the New York Stadium has also played host to Ecuador and Greece in 2011 and Ecuador and Chile in 2012.
The Ecuador and Greece game was played to a 1-1 tie before a near sell-out crowd of 39, 656 in the first soccer game at Citi Field. Ecuador defeated Chile 3-0 in front of 31,901 rocking fans.