The last time Argentina played in international competition, they were on the wrong side of a penalty shootout in the Copa America finals against Chile. The Albiceleste is getting back together for a friendly on American soil, when they take on Bolivia in Houston, Texas over Labor Day Weekend.
Argentina actually plays two matches over a four-day span, as after the match against Bolivia, the club continues on to face Mexico in Dallas. Argentina only has one loss in their last five matches, the aforementioned loss opposite Chile. Bolivia is on a two-match losing streak (1-3-1 in their last five matches), but is playing their first match under new head coach Julio Cesar Baldivieso, which could provide a spark for the club.
Bolivia started the Copa America group stage strong by drawing with Mexico and defeating Ecuador, but then lost to Chile, 5-0, in the group stage finale, and lost to Peru one week later in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage.
In any case, international soccer fans will have the pleasure of watching some of the world’s top-flight talent, including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuaín, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia, Agustin Marchesin and more. Unfortunately, Argentina will be without Angel di Maria, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Pastore, but there will still be plenty of talent on the pitch.
Tickets to the international friendly between Argentina and Bolivia on the secondary market have an average price of $177.05 and a get-in price of $109, according to TiqIQ.com. The match is being played at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the MLS’ Houston Dynamo. For a price comparison, the next Dynamo home game has an average price of $51.40 against Real Salt Lake, showing a great contrast for the attention this friendly is drawing.
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