Fans can log on to ussoccer.com and make their picks in advance of the U.S. Men’s National Team match in Jamaica on Wednesday (live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET), which will enable them to immediately start earning points toward winning a Philips FlatTV, a VIP experience for two at a U.S. MNT match in 2006 and other great prizes from U.S. Soccer and Philips.
The new interactive prediction game at ussoccer.com will be available before every U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying game. As a sample of the questions you will find during this first game of Corner Picks, you can try and predict who will score the first goal of the game for the U.S. and what the result of the game against Jamaica will be.
In addition to winners being declared for after each of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s remaining FIFA World Cup qualifying games, major prizes will also be awarded to the contestant with the highest overall score in the semifinal round and the final round (should the U.S. advance that far). An overall winner with the highest score from the 18 remaining possible World Cup qualifying matches for the U.S. will win a prize package that will include both a Philips FlatTV and a VIP experience for two at a U.S. Men’s National Team match in 2006.
To play, fans must first take a few seconds to register at ussoccerfan.com before picking their answers to five questions any time before kickoff, one question for each corner flag and a Center Circle bonus question.
Scoring for each answer will be weighted to reflect the likelihood of it occurring. For example, choosing forward Brian McBride (the USA’s second all-time leading goal scorer) to score the first goal of the game will be worth fewer points than choosing defender Steve Cherundolo who has never scored a goal with the national team. In that way, the scoring system is designed to reward riskier selections. Bonus points will also be given to fans who invite others to play against them in the friendly competition.
After opening the semifinal round of FIFA World Cup qualifying on Wednesday (Aug. 18) in Jamaica, the U.S. will play El Salvador at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Sept. 4. The team will then play consecutive road games (on Sept. 8 in Panama and Oct. 9 in El Salvador), before returning home for an Oct. 13 match-up with Panama at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and a Nov. 17 finale against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Fans can follow all the matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips.