Just before FC Buffalo embarks on its special 10th anniversary trip to Germany, the Wolves will host a professional international foe for the second time in its history.
Monarcas Morelia, which competes in Mexico's top tier, Liga MX, will send its reserves to play FC Buffalo on May 3 at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium (2885 Main St.), which fits nicely in the weekend of Cinco de Mayo. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased here.
Morelia's reserve side essentially doubles as the club's U-20 team, although the four players from the full team that don't dress for the previous weekend's match are expected to compete in Buffalo. Through six matches in the Liga MX winter schedule, Morelia's full team owns one win, one draw and four losses. The club finished ninth - one place out of a playoff berth - during the summer season (Apertura).
Morelia's players will visit to-be-determined Buffalo Public Schools for community engagement the day of the match. Following the clash with FC Buffalo, Morelia's reserves will tangle with Cleveland SC and Kalamazoo FC as part of the Neighbor Nations Showdown organized by FC Global Group.
Here is where Morelia is located in Michoacan, Mexico, west of Mexico City:
Back in 2011, the Wolves hosted the Bedlington Terriers from England, a lower-division side sponsored by Buffalo's Robert Rich, at the same venue. FC Buffalo won the exhibition clash handily, 5-1.
FC Buffalo will become the first National Premier Soccer League team to play overseas when it departs for Germany on May 5. The trip runs through May 12 and includes at least two exhibition matches. The reserve side of influential FC St. Pauli is one of the foes.