This match is part of the LFP World Challenge, an initiative, now in its third year, which aims to promote the image of La Liga clubs internationally. It will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.
“We are delighted to accept the invitation to play against SD Eibar,” said Erik Stover, New York Cosmos Chief Operating Officer. “La Liga is one of the world’s most famous soccer leagues and the quality of teams within it is excellent. This fixture against Eibar will be a good one for us as we come to the end of our NASL Spring Season.”
In 2014, SD Eibar earned promotion to the top flight of Spanish soccer for the first time in club history. The Basque Country club is famous for being one of the smallest teams to achieve promotion to La Liga, playing at Ipurua Municipal Stadium which has a capacity of 6,300 and hosts visiting world soccer stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. This will be the first time that the 75-year-old club will play in the United States.
By comparison, the Cosmos play their home matches at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University. Their home field has a seating capacity of just more than 12,000.
“From a sporting perspective, this tour allows us to continue training after the season has finished. It’s also important to open new markets and be more international. This is a unique and historic opportunity that we couldn’t miss. We wanted to get closer to our American stakeholders, thank them for their support and, for the future, look to build sponsors,” said Gema Baqué, SD Eibar’s Marketing Director.