CHICAGO (May 3, 2005) — Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. ET for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match vs. Trinidad & Tobago on August 17 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
The U.S. vs. Trinidad & Tobago match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN2, with fans also able to follow along live on ussoccer.com via MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Tickets range in price levels from $25 to $85 can be purchased beginning May 11 at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 860-525-4500, at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Filene's Stores) and at the Hartford Civic Center (open Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com.
Trinidad & Tobago will be the first opponent that the U.S. faces for the second time in the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing the return leg of a 2-1 victory on February 9 in Trinidad.
"New England has an outstanding soccer tradition, and we're excited about the chance to bring a World Cup qualifier to the Hartford area," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "The match against Trinidad will certainly be an integral part of our effort to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Every game is critical, but none more so than the home games. Rentschler Field has developed a reputation as an excellent facility for soccer, and we're looking forward to our first visit."
The East Hartford match will mark the USA’s eighth appearance in Connecticut and their first visit to the state capital in 32 years, dating all the way back to a 1-0 win over Bermuda on Sept. 9, 1973. The team hasn’t played in the Nutmeg State since a 2-1 victory over Scotland on May 26, 1996 in New Britain, a victory that improved their overall record in Connecticut to 4-2-1. The World Cup qualifier comes one year after the Women’s National Team became the first U.S. team to play at Rentschler Field, topping China 3-0 in an Olympic send-off match in front of 15,093 fans on Aug. 1, 2004.
The U.S. opened the final round of qualifying in 2005 with a 2-1 win in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Feb. 9. Eddie Johnson put the U.S. on the board with a 30th-minute header, and Eddie Lewis scored the eventual game-winner in the 54th minute with a 23-yard drive inside the right post.
With two victories in their first three qualifying matches, the U.S. Men’s National Team is sitting strong in second-place in the final round group with six points. The team next returns to action on May 28 against England in Chicago (2 p.m. CT live on ESPN), before playing back-to-back qualifiers on June 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, against Costa Rica, and on June 8 against Panama in Panama City.
U.S. MNT 2005 Schedule
* FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match
+ CONCACAF Gold Cup
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