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Tickets for U.S.- Mexico World Cup Qualifier to Go On Sale to Public in Columbus on Friday

CHICAGO (Wednesday, January 17, 2001) - A limited number of tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's first final-round World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on Feb. 28 will go on sale to the public this Friday (Jan. 19), at 10 a.m. ET.

Approximately 5,000 tickets remain for the highly-anticipated match between the two border rivals after a successful pre-sale to Columbus Crew season ticket holders and the U.S. Soccer Family sold nearly 19,000 tickets. Midfield seats are sold out for the match, leaving limited sideline and corner seats available for $35 and endline seats available for $28.

To purchase tickets for the U.S.-Mexico clash, fans can visit the Crew Stadium Box Office or any participating Ticketmaster outlets in Ohio and the surrounding states. Fans can also order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at 614-431-3600 or by logging on to U.S. Soccer's website at Each order is limited to a maximum of eight tickets.

The game marks the USA's second trip to Columbus Crew Stadium in their attempt to qualify for an unprecedented fourth straight World Cup. The U.S. previously battled Costa Rica to a 0-0 draw in the semifinal round before an overflow, pro-American crowd of 24,430 on October 11, 2000. Columbus Crew Stadium, the first major-league stadium built specifically for soccer in the United States, has a capacity of 22,555 and opened on May 15, 1999. The south end-zone seating installed for the match against Costa Rica will also be in place for the Mexico contest, bringing the stadium's capacity for the game to more than 24,000.

Since 1982, the U.S. and Mexico have met just twice in World Cup qualifying, a 2-2 draw in Foxboro, Mass., on April 20, 1997, and 0-0 draw in Mexico City on Nov. 2, 1997. However, the Americans have had the upper hand in the rivalry recently, topping the Mexicans in consecutive shutouts in 2000.

The U.S. will play two matches in preparation of the USA-Mexico showdown, with the team's opening game of 2001 scheduled for Jan. 27 against China in Oakland (2:30 p.m. PT / ESPN2). One week later the U.S. will square off against Colombia on Feb. 3 in Miami (4 p.m. ET / ESPN2).