2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge
Current Mexican club champion Santos Laguna will battle Spanish champions Real Madrid this Sunday, August 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Las Vegas' own Herculez Gomez and Oswaldo Sanchez will lead the Mexican team against Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish team in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge.
Santos Laguna recently won the Clausura tournament of the Primera Division and over the past decade has become one of Mexico's most successful teams. The Guerreros (Warriors), as they are also known, have obtained four league championships (1996, 2001, 2008, and 2012) and have played in four of the last five league finals. Gomez has become a revelation for the club since joining, having scored 11 goals in his first 12 appearances for the team across all competitions. With Santos' May 2012 league title, Gomez became the first player to have won both the MLS Cup (which he did with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005) and the Primera División championship. The 5'10" striker, who was raised in the Las Vegas area and attended Las Vegas High School, has also made his mark on the interational level as a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team.
Real Madrid are winners of nine European championships and 32 Spanish La Liga titles, having secured their most recent league championship in May of this year. Their 32-2-4 record across the 2011-12 season gave them a league-best 100 points, and their 121 goals scored were a league record.
Kickoff is at 8 pm. Tickets are priced from $68, and are available at www.UNLVtickets.com or by calling 702-739-3267. More information about the teams and the exhibition schedule can be found at www.WorldFootballChallenge.com.