Seattle to host Boca Juniors and Celtic

Seattle to host Boca Juniors and Celtic

Published Apr. 28, 2010 9:57 a.m. ET

The Seattle Sounders FC will host Argentina's Boca Juniors and Scotland's Celtic in a pair of exhibition matches.

The team made the announcement Wednesday morning. The Sounders will face Boca Juniors on May 26 and Celtic on July 18.

While not holding the same cache as last year when Seattle played England's Chelsea and Spain's FC Barcelona in exhibitions, general manager Adrian Hanauer says Boca and Celtic have ``secured their place as elite franchises.''

Boca Juniors will be the first club from Argentina to visit Seattle and the first South American team to play here since 1983. Celtic is familiar with Seattle and Qwest Field, having played the NASL Sounders in 1981 and faced Manchester United (2003) and Chelsea (2004) in exhibitions.