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Mar 25, 2004


NEW YORK (Thursday, March 25, 2004) - The Mexico international stars Rafael Márquez of Barcelona and Gerardo Torrado of Sevilla, both of Spain's La Liga, were included in el Tri's final traveling roster announced today by head Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe, for next Wednesday, March 31, 2004 friendly versus Costa Rica beginning at 8:00 p.m. (PT), at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Márquez and Torrado will be joined by Club America starters Pavel Pardo and Duilio Davino, as well as Jared Borgetti and Héctor Altamirano of Santos Laguna. Following is the final Mexico roster, tentative travel information and practice schedules for the national teams in preparation for the internacional date.


GOALKEEPERS: Oswaldo Sánchez (Chivas), Moisés Muñoz (Morelia).

 DEFENDERS: Rafael Marquez (Barcelona/ESP), Omar Briceño (Tigres), Salvador Carmona (Chivas), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Chivas), Mario Pérez (Necaxa), Duilio Davino (America).

 MIDFIELDERS: Diego Martínez (Necaxa), Rafaél García (Toluca), Israél López (Toluca), Hector Altamirano (Santos), Pavel Pardo (America), Gerardo Torrado (Sevilla).

FORWARDS: Jared Borgetti (Santos), Daniel Osorno (Monterrey), Jose de Jesús Mendoza (America), Miguel Zepeda (Toluca).

Head Coach: Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe

Assistant Coaches: Jorge Campos, Francisco Ramírez

 TRAVEL ITINERARIES (subject to change)



Flight                                      Date and Arrival time        Airport                                    Hotel
(Rafael Márquez, Gerardo Torrado)
Vuelo por confirmar            Monday, March 29              Los Angeles (LAX)              Manhattan Beach Marrriott

(Selección Nacional de México)
Mexicana # 908                  Monday, March 29,  8:35 PM        Los Angeles (LAX)    Manhattan Beach Marriott



Flight                                      Date and Arrival time                  Airport                                    Hotel
(Steve Sampson, head coach)
Taca # 622                            Friday, March 26, 7:55 PM        Los Angeles (LAX)              Hilton Carson


(Costa Rica National Team)
Taca # 600                            Sunday, March 28, 10:45 PM     Los Angeles (LAX)              Hilton Carson

 (Ronald Gomez, Mauricio Solis)
American Airlines # 448     Sunday, March 28,, 11:15 PM     Los Angeles (LAX)              Hilton Carson


PRACTICE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

 Monday, March 29 -    10:00 AM (PT) - Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center

                                       4:00 PM (PT) - Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center


Tuesday, March 30 -  10:00 AM (PT) - Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center

                                      11:00 AM (PT) - México at The Home Depot Center

                                       5:00 PM (PT) - México at The Home Depot Center


For the most up-to-date information regarding travel and practice schedule, please contact Germán Sferra at (646.369.2524).



Tickets for the match between Mexico and Costa Rica have been on sale since Tuesday, March 2 through all Ticketmaster outlets and the box office at The Home Depot Center.  Prices are $25 (behind the goals), $30 (corners), $35 (sides and upper tier), and $45 (Club Level).  All group tickets (20 or more) will be sold with a $2 discount by calling 1-888-GALAXY. The box office will  be open on Sunday from 11am to 4 pm.


Distribution of Credentials:

Credentials will be distributed (a) during Monday, March 30 practices, and (b) at the NorthWest Media Entrance Gate of The Home Depot Center on Wednesday, March 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT). Contact Germán Sferra (646.369.2524) for more information.


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