NEWS: Audax Italiano set for July journey to face Jets

Newcastle Jets will play Chilean side Audax Italiano on Saturday 8 July 2017
Four-time Chilean League Champions Audax Italiano will arrive in Australia this July for an international pre-season friendly against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Presented by VisionMAX, Audax Italiano will challenge the Jets at the region’s premier sporting venue on Saturday 8 July from 7:00pm.

‘Los Tanos’ hail from La Florida, just 20 kilometres southeast of the Chilean capital Santiago. Founded in 1910, Audax Italiano are today recognised as one of the premier development clubs in the football fervent South American nation.

Audax Italiano are currently competing in the 2016/17 Chilean Primera División Clausura, which they will complete in mid-May away to Unión Española. The side’s 2017/18 Chilean Primera División Apertura campaign is scheduled to start in late July, meaning the match will serve as crucial preparation for both teams leading into their respective seasons.

Newcastle Jets Chief Executive Officer Lawrie McKinna visited Chile with Club owner Martin Lee plus Victor Vives who is the Director of VisionMAX in March. It was during that fact finding and friendship forming mission that the international friendly fixture was finalised.

“Audax Italiano may not be a household name in Australia however they are a very competitive and financially sustainable Club playing in a challenging 16 team league, so this represents an unique opportunity for us to be exposed to and interact with a Club that we would not otherwise encounter,” McKinna explained.

“This match will take place at the end of the second week of our pre-season and will most likely provide our Members and fans with their first opportunity to witness our new recruits in the flesh against a quality opponent.”

“There are approximately 50,000 Chilean-Australians living in Australia, and roughly 25 per cent of those people reside in and around Sydney. Through Victor’s (Vives) network we have already received interest in the game from people within that community and we hope that they, like our local supporters, will take the rare opportunity to watch this game live,” he said.

2016/17 Newcastle Jets Members will receive the first chance to purchase tickets to the match from 9:00am tomorrow, Wednesday 19 April 2017. The Jets Member pre-sale window will remain open until 9:00am on Friday 21 April 2017. 2016/17 Jets Members will be e-mailed with information regarding how to purchase tickets this afternoon.

Match tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9:00am on Monday 24 April 2017.

Newcastle Jets vs. Audax Italiano - 2017 International Pre-Season Friendly presented by VisionMAX
When: Saturday 8 July 2017
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 7:00pm
Tickets: Tickets available via Ticketmaster
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