SANTA CLARA -- The lure of the 49ers' new digs is bringing international soccer to the South Bay.
The Mexican national team will face Chile on Sept. 6 in the first-ever international game at Levi's Stadium, signaling a new era for local soccer fans.
With the Earthquakes new 18,000-seat stadium opening next year in San Jose, the Bay Area has increased its options for playing host to such friendly games, including the U.S. men's and women's national teams.
The Earthquakes open 68,000-seat Levi's on Saturday in a Major League Soccer game against Seattle Sounders FC.
Mexico is playing two games in the United States during the FIFA window for international matches -- the first games since the end of the World Cup earlier this month, the Mexican federation announced Tuesday. El Tricolor plays Bolivia on Sept. 9 in Colorado.
Mexico and Chile had impressive showings in Brazil, both reaching the round of 16 before being eliminated. Mexico fell to the Netherlands in the knockout stage on a controversial call in the second minute of injury time. Dutch star Arjen Robben was awarded a penalty when he tripped over Mexican captain Rafael Marquez, helping Holland to a 2-1 victory.
Brazil escaped Chile with a 3-2 shootout victory after the teams were tied 1-1 for 120 minutes. The Chileans were one of the tournament's surprise teams by advancing with Holland out of Group B ahead of defending champion Spain.
Mexico expects to have many of its regulars for the game as it prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments next year.
It is not known whether Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, who recently signed with Arsenal of the English Premier League, will join his team for the game.
Tickets will go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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