Ahead of Sunday’s match at Dell Diamond, two Liga MX teams will work out Saturday at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Old Settlers Park.
The practices for Tigres UANL and Pachuca are open to the public, free of charge. Tigres will be on the field from 5-7 p.m., and Pachuca will go from 7-9 p.m.
“It’s a good chance to see the players up close in a more personal setting,” said promoter Juan Carlos Padilla, president of SPD Sports. “Fans can get up close, get autographs and take pictures.”
The two sides square off at 5 p.m. Sunday in a Liga MX friendly as the teams prepare for the Apertura season that starts in two weeks.
Tigres, from suburban Monterrey, has been arguably the top team in Mexico over the past five seasons, and they’re also a power house at the gate, averaging more than 40,000 fans per home game last year.
“We will see all the players,” Padilla said. “Plenty of stars.”
Among those are Tigres forwards Eduardo Vargas of Chile and Enner Valencia of Ecuador. Both played key roles for their teams in the 2014 World Cup.
Other standouts on the Tigres traveling roster include French forward Andre Pierre Gignac and defender Timothee Kolodziejczak, Argentina midfielder Guido Pizarro and Mexican midfielder Jurgen Damm.
Tigres is coming off a 4-2 win over Morelia before 11,000 fans in Frisco.
Pachuca, about 55 miles northeast of Mexico City, is coming off a ninth-place finish in Clausura, the second half of the Liga MX season.
The Pachuca roster includes captain and midfielder Erick Gutierrez, Argentina winger Sebastian Palacios and defensive midfielder Jorge Hernandez.
Former Austin resident Kekuta Manneh played for Pachuca last year, but the 23-year-old striker is currently working out for FC St. Gallen in the Swiss Super League.
Tickets to Sunday’s match start at $35. A fan fest starts at 2 p.m. Ticket holders to the game are advised to arrive early because of new security measures implemented at Dell Diamond this year.