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U.S. MNT to Hold Happy Hour and Pep Rally on Sept. 9 at the Bluestone in Columbus

Admittance Free for All Fans as Excitement Builds for USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier in Columbus 

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2013) – Building on the previous three home FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the U.S. Men’s National Team will hold a happy hour and pep rally with supporters on Sept. 9 at the Bluestone in Columbus the night before the critical home match against Mexico.

The happy hour will start at 5 p.m. and feature food and drink specials, as well as DJ Paul Devro playing for the fans.  The pep rally will feature U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and select members of the team who will be on hand to interact with supporters. The event will also include appearances by World Cup veterans and former Columbus Crew standouts Frankie Hejduk and Brian McBride.

Admittance is free for all fans, but space is limited as pep rally admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are absolutely thrilled at the amazing support that we will have in Columbus.” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “There are more than 9,000 seats sold in the supporter’s clubs section alone, and with a sold-out crowd we expect Columbus Crew Stadium to once again prove why it is the home of USA-Mexico. This pep rally is a great way for us to connect with the fans one more time before the match.”

The Bluestone is located at 583 E. Broad St., just five minutes from downtown Columbus.

To cap off the evening, after the pep rally, fans are invited to attend the American Outlaws Night Before party at 4th Street Bar (1810 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201).

In addition to the pep rally, several other fan activities will surround the USA-Mexico qualifier. U.S. Soccer is setting up Fan Headquarters at Easton Town Center, and will host a variety of activities beginning with a viewing party on Sept. 6 for USA-Costa Rica. [FULL SCHEDULE

The U.S. resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose (beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio, 10 p.m. ET). Four days later, a sold-out crowd will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.