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Mexico skips Seattle on U.S. tour

The Mexican national team will take a six-city tour through the United States from February to May while preparing for the World Cup.

However, Seattle isn't on their list... their closest stop will be the tour-opener in San Francisco.

Here are highlights from the tour announcement:

The annual U.S. tour will give the Mexican National Team the opportunity to finalize their preparation, culminating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener on June 11 in Johannesburg against host South Africa. To kick it all off, Mexico will travel to the Bay Area to face Bolivia on Feb. 24 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco (8 p.m.). Tickets are available via and all the usual outlet locations. El Tri will then head to Southern California to face World Cup-bound New Zealand on March 3 at the Rose Bowl (8 p.m.). “Our goal in the first trimester of 2010 is to prepare the Mexican National Team for the FIFA World Cup,” said Nestor de la Torre, director of national team programs for the Mexican Federation. “The U.S. tour allows us to test our squad while giving our fans from all parts of the country the chance to send us off to South Africa.”

Here's the full release with the full schedule.