South Florida soccer fans don’t have to travel all the way to Brazil next summer to see Brazil’s World Cup team. The Brazilian national team is coming to Sun Life Stadium on Nov. 16 to play a friendly match against Honduras, assuming the Hondurans are qualified for the World Cup by then.
Honduras is in third place in the CONCACAF standings with two qualifiers remaining, and the top three book tickets to Brazil. If “ Los Catrachos” get stuck in a playoff, they would be unable to play Brazil that night and would be replaced by another team.
It will be the first time five-time World Cup champion Brazil has played in Miami since the 2003 Gold Cup quarterfinals at the Orange Bowl, which drew a crowd of 51,000. Most of the starting roster is expected to play.
“We are excited to bring another marquee international soccer match to Sun Life Stadium,” Relevent Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano said. “As the finals of the Guinness International Champions Cup showed, Miami is one of the centers of soccer in this country and we have no doubt that this will be on full display Nov. 16.”
A crowd of 69,000 showed up in August for the ICC final between Real Madrid and Chelsea. Last summer, 71,000 were at Sun Life Stadium to see FC Barcelona against Chivas Guadalajara.
Brazil is considered one of the early favorites to win the 2014 World Cup, along with Spain, Italy, Argentina and Germany — with Colombia and Belgium as dark horses.
The Brazilians, led by Barcelona star Neymar, won the 2013 Confederations Cup on their home soil in June with a 3-0 win over defending World Cup champion Spain. The team also features Paris-Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva, Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, Chelsea defender David Luiz, Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk and Chelsea midfielder Oscar. The manager is 2002 World Cup winner Luis Felipe Scolari.
Honduras is coached by Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez and led by Mynor Figueroa (Hull City), Carlo Costly (Guizhou Zhicheng, China), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Muma Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), and Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).
Tickets start at $35 and will be available at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.