The Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) will be played at the 36,000-capacity Estadio Tecnológico on the Tec de Monterrey campus on Saturday, December 21 as Team Stars & Stripes again faces the CONADEIP All-Stars in the fifth annual game in Mexico.
The NCAA Division III all-star roster known collectively as Team Stars & Stripes will fly to Mexico on December 15 to prepare for the game under head coach Don De Waard, the defensive coordinator at Central College (Iowa). The veteran of previous Tazón de Estrellas games and its predecessor the Aztec Bowl won on his head-coaching debut in 2012 as the Americans triumphed 32-15 at La Fortaleza Azul in Guadalajara.
Cesar Martinez, who took over the head-coaching role at Tec de Monterrey from legendary retired coach Frank Gonzalez, will coach the CONADEIP All-Stars.
The 16th annual post-season game in Mexico for NCAA Division III stars will feature a Team Stars & Stripes roster again selected from graduating college seniors at the D-III level who will travel to Monterrey for a combination of two-a-day practices with an opportunity to explore the local region before the Saturday game. They will experience the local culture and participate in a community service project. In 2012, the traveling group helped clear an area of land to benefit an impoverished neighborhood to make it more suitable as a play area for the community’s children, and then held a football clinic for local youngsters.
“I am really looking forward to returning to Monterrey, and the Tec campus there, and to working with our Mexican partners to create another life-enhancing experience for the D3 all-stars we will take with us,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.
“The history of this event, this being the 16th year we have organized the Team Stars & Stripes for the Mexico post-season game, is so memorable for me personally, but more importantly for the young men who have participated. It is so much more than a game, as we will spend a full week there experiencing the colorful Mexican culture, interacting with our hosts, and providing a service project for a local area.”
The Tazón de Estrellas and its forerunner the Aztec Bowl have produced a series of exciting games and established a fierce but friendly rivalry between the Americans and Mexicans. The Tec Monterrey All-Stars won 24-12 in 2009 before Team Stars & Stripes leveled the series with a 48-7 victory in Toluca in 2010 and the CONADEIP All-Stars won by a margin of 45-27 in 2011. It was the turn of the Americans to triumph in 2012.
In 2012, Team Stars & Stripes scored 15 unanswered points in the second quarter and went on to defeat the CONADEIP All-Stars 32-15 at Fortaleza de Azul in Guadalajara to even the series at 2-2 on the head-coaching debut of DeWaard.
Two current NFL stars – Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson – played in the Aztec Bowl predecessor of the Tazón de Estrellas.
The Tazón de Estrellas is the focal point for the Global Football Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative, which assists athletes in meeting the expenses associated with traveling overseas to realize their dreams of competing against other American football enthusiasts and experiencing different cultures. The foundation allows potential benefactors to make charitable donations to offset costs that might otherwise prevent the student athletes from undertaking the trip of a lifetime. To inquire about making a donation to the Global Football Foundation to assist student-athletes, please contact Patrick Steenberge at Patrick@GlobalFootball.com or 817-219-7274.
Global Football-organized Tazón de Estrellas (2009-2012) and Aztec Bowls (1997-2007)
Tazón de Estrellas
2011: Team Stars & Stripes 27 CONADEIP All Stars 45
December 17, 2011 – El Tempo del Dolor, Puebla
2010: Team Stars & Stripes 48 CONADEIP All Stars 7
December 18, 2010 – La Congeladora, Toluca
2009: Team Stars & Stripes 12 Tec Monterrey All Stars 24
December 19, 2009 – Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico, Mexico City
2007: USA 37 Mexico 19
December 8, 2007 – Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Chihuahua
2006: USA 28 Mexico 7
December 16, 2006 – Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
2005: USA 53 Mexico 15
December 17, 2005 – Estadio Chivo Cordoba, Toluca
2004: USA 23 Mexico 3
December 11, 2004 – Estadio Cancun 86, Cancun
2003: Mexico 34 USA 31
December 13, 2003 – Estadio Cancun 86, Cancun
2002: USA 15 Mexico 9
December 14, 2002 – Estadio Infierno Azul, Torreon
2001: USA 37 Mexico 5
December 15, 2001 – Estadio Olimpico, Saltillo
2000: USA 27 Mexico 26
December 15, 2000 – Estadio Alvarado, Merida
1999: USA 44 Mexico 13
December 18, 1999 – Estadio Wilfredo Massieu, Mexico City
1998: USA 40 Mexico 13
December 12, 1998 – Estadio Universitario, Monterrey
1997: USA 42 Mexico 41
December 20, 1997 – Estadio Chivo Cordoba, Toluca