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Meet the Estadio Olimpico Universitario

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On FC Dallas' trip around Central America in this CONCACAF Champions League campaign, Dallas will visit some historic stadiums. They've already played at the Cuscatlan in El Salvador, home of the ES National Team, they will likely play in the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, home of the Panama National Team and of course there's BMO Field, home of the Canadian National Team.

However, only one stadium on this venture has hosted an Olympics and that is the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, home of UNAM Pumas, seven-time and current Mexican champions. The Universitaro hosted the opening and closing cermonies for the 1968 Olympic Games and was the host for the famous black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

The stadium which seats over 63,000 spectators was also one of the main stadiums used in the 1986 World Cup and hosted two games involving Maradona's Argentina side that would go on to win the tournament. Michel Platini and France also played in the stadium, beating Italy 2-0 in a second round match played ten days before I was born. 

For FC Dallas, this is their first ever competitive game in Mexico and will be MLS' 50th time playing a competitive match in Mexico...they uhh haven't quite gotten a win yet, but hopefully that all changes tonight.