Mark your calendars Birmingham – the Hammers front office has organized a remarkable showcase friendly for all of the Magic City to enjoy.

This Memorial Day (May 29) at Samford Soccer Stadium on Lakeshore Drive in Homewood, the mighty Boys in Red will welcome Club Deportivo Guadalajara Sub 23 (Or simply, Las Chivas Sub 23) to the Magic City. Kick is scheduled for 6 PM.

A matchup against Las Chivas Sub 23 (players that are under the age of 23) will test the upstart Birmingham Hammers against some of the brightest up-and-coming soccer players in Mexico.

Chivas are one of the most popular soccer organizations in all of Mexico. Known for exclusively fielding Mexican players, Guadalajara has established itself as a known soccer brand not only in Mexico, but around the world.

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At 9 years old, famous Mexican footballer Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) started his journey towards a professional career in the Chivas youth academy.

And today, as many as six Chivas players on this Sub 23 team may be included in the Mexican U20 World Cup team this summer, including standout defenders Jose Hernandez, Juan Aguayo, and forward Kevin Araujo.

Patrons watching this match will have the opportunity to see the future of Mexican soccer on display right here in the Heart of Dixie.

By scheduling this match, the Hammers have become more accessible to the entire soccer-loving community in Birmingham.

Sure – it’s just a friendly. But the Hammers organization has taken a major step towards introducing themselves to all of Birmingham. And they are doing it in style with a quality opponent from Mexico.

Ticket prices start at $10. Come out early  in the afternoon with the Magic City Brigade for a nice Memorial Day Tailgate, as this match is sure to be a soccer event like no other our city has seen before.