Mexico, Costa Rica to meet in June friendly
Action from the last meeting between Costa Rica (left) and visiting Mexico (right) on October 15, 2015, in a World Cup qualifier. (Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY – Mexico will face rival Costa Rica in an international friendly on June 27, the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol announced Wednesday. 

The match between the CONCACAF rivals will take place in Orlando, Florida, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, where the Mexicans beat Ireland 2-1 in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Both sides will be making their final preparations ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup that will be played July 7-26, 2015, in 13 venues across North America,

Mexico and Costa Rica last met on October 15, 2013, with the Central Americans posting a 2-1 World Cup Qualifying win in San Jose, Costa Rica.  In 47 all-time meetings, Mexico holds 26-6 advantage in victories.

Both nations participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  Costa Rica went undefeated (3-2-0) in making an historic run to the quarterfinals, while Mexico advanced to the Round of 16 for a sixth consecutive time.

The Orlando Citrus Bowl is the current home of one of Major League Soccer’s newest teams, Orlando City SC, which welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 62,000 to their first-ever game earlier this month.  Reconstructed in 2014, the historic stadium has hosted several top soccer events, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympic soccer and the 1998 MLS All-Star Game.