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Report: Los Angeles Rams to play in Mexico in 2018 (UPDATED)

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¡Hasta pronto, Ciudad de México!

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As a part of their relocation agreement nearly two years ago, the Los Angeles Rams agreed to forfeit home games for the NFL’s International Series. After playing several games in Twickenham Stadium in London, the Rams will travel South of the border in 2018.

From ESPN Deportes (via Google Translator)

Los Angeles Rams will be the team that plays at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City as a local team during the regular season of 2018, sources in the league confirmed to ESPN .

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Finally, sources indicated that the NFL would try to advance the game in Mexico in the regular calendar with respect to the last two years, when it was played in the month of November. According to sources, the league would prefer that the trip made by the teams to Mexican territory be made in the month of September or October. The meeting of the next season would take place on Sunday afternoon, as it happened in 2017, to facilitate the logistics of the trip to the franchises involved.

No word yet on who the Rams will be playing in Mexico City.

This fits with Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s vision of globalizing the Rams brand. Dating back to a 2012 decision to forfeit home games in what would be the team’s last three seasons in St. Louis, Kroenke has shown that he’s willing to give up home games to expand the fan base. Fans cried foul and the Rams quickly reneged on their three year commitment and only played a single game against the New England Patriots in 2012 as a part of the agreement.

Next year will mark the fourth game the Rams play in the International series, which will only be behind the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins for games played internationally.

(UPDATED)

Sounds like of all the Rams’ 2018 opponents, it will the home game against the Kansas City Chiefs per ESPN’s Pablo Viruega: