CHICAGO (Tuesday, February 24, 2004) – The United States Men's National Team's match against Haiti on March 13 at the Orange Bowl in Miami will be televised live on HDNet at 8 p.m. ET, marking the first time a U.S. Soccer match has ever been shown in high definition. HDNet is the first all high definition national television network and is currently available to high definition viewers on DirecTV, Dish Network and cable providers like Time-Warner and Adelphia.
In addition to the HD broadcast, the match will also be available to DirecTV viewers via pay-per-view for $19.95. Log on to ussoccer.com for more information on pay-per-view outlets as they become available, or contact Innovative Sports Marketing directly at ppvsports.com or 201-610-0200.
Fans can also follow the USA-Haiti game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The U.S. has met Haiti 14 times in their history, and despite holding an overall record of 5-6-3, the teams have played only twice since 1983. The sides’ last meeting also took place at The Orange Bowl, with the U.S. collecting a 3-0 victory in front of 49,000 fans on Feb. 12, 2000 in the opening match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. For ticketing information on this match, please click here.
One of the most dangerous teams in the Caribbean, Haiti are looking to advance to their second World Cup after participating in 1974 – the last time the Cup was hosted in Germany. Haiti recently advanced to the second round of 2006 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, defeating Turks and Caicos by an aggregrate score of 7-0 over two matches. With the victories, the Haitians will now face Jamaica in a home-and-home series in June. Haiti is one of the USA’s potential opponents in the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, with the teams drawn into the same side of the bracket.
Former U.S. MNT defender Fernando Clavijo leads the Haitian National Team after getting hired in October of 2003. Clavijo registered 61 caps as a defender with the U.S. MNT from 1990-94 and started three matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Clavijo was also a former MLS coach for the New England Revolution and an assistant for the MetroStars.
The USA has played nine times at the Orange Bowl in Miami, compiling a 2-5-2 lifetime record. The U.S. men last visited Miami in February of last year, falling 1-0 to Argentina.
The U.S. begins CONCACAF qualifying June 13, 2004, against the winner of the home-and-away series between Grenada and Guyana, with their first match scheduled to be played in the United States. After Haiti, the U.S. MNT travels to Poland on March 31, and has tentative game dates set for April 28 and May 26 at sites and against opponents still to be finalized. Following the MNT World Cup qualifiers on June 13 and June 20 against either Grenada or Guyana, the U.S. will meet Poland in a domestic friendly on July 11. Should the U.S. advance through their preliminary qualifying round, their six-game, four-team semifinal round competition will begin in August.