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Mexico, New Zealand Soccer Teams Face Off At Nissan Stadium

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 08, 2016

More than 40,000 fans attended an international face-off between Mexico and New Zealand's national soccer teams.

The game marked Mexico's Nashville debut, which drew fans from hundreds of miles away.

"It means a lot," said Lucia Lopez, a Mexico fan who drove to Nashville from Memphis to attend the game. "You're so far away from home, when you watch the game and you want to be at the game, it kind of just like brings you memories."

For Mexico, ranked number 15 by FIFA, Saturday's game served as preparation for a World Cup qualifying game set to happen when they'll face the USA in Columbus, Ohio on November 11.

Saturday's game in Nashville began at 5:36 p.m., lasting about two hours.

Metro Police said they expected heavy traffic Saturday afternoon into the evening. A traffic plan similar to that used on Titan's game days was used, but the Woodland Street Bridge was not closed before or after the game.

The winner of the game was Mexico by a score of 2-1.