For the first time, the latest chapter in the fabled rivalry between the United States and Mexico is headed to the big screen.
Saturday's highly awaited CONCACAF Cup clash at the Rose Bowl will be broadcast live at more than 200 movie theaters across the country, including 10 in Illinois, Fathom Events announced on Thursday. The organization is collaborating with Fox Sports 1 to supplement the fan experience. The one-off fixture between the region's heated soccer rivals will determine CONCACAF's representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
“We’re really excited to be working with Fathom Events to bring the huge match between the U.S. and Mexico to big screens throughout the country,” said FOX Sports Head of Business David Nathanson in a release. “Live sports are the ultimate shared community experience, and the electric scene at what will be a jam-packed Rose Bowl will no doubt have fans in theaters feeling as if they’re in Pasadena too.”
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U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Mexico interim boss Tuca Ferretti announced their 23-man rosters last week. Both were forced into making injury-related changes to their squad. Giovani dos Santos and José Juan Vázquez were replaced by Javier Güémez and Elías Hernández for Mexico. Meanwhile, Klinsmann announced in a press conference on Friday that Bobby Wood will stand in for Alejandro Bedoya, who departed camp with illness.
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United States vs. Mexico
Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. CT
Where: Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif.
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1