CHICAGO (Saturday, February 22, 2003) - U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia confirmed late Friday evening after meeting with representatives from the Japanese Football Association that the U.S. Men's National Team and Japan will play on March 29 in Seattle. The game was originally announced in December and will take place at Seattle Seahawks Stadium live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. PT.
"After reviewing our security arrangements for the match, the JFA understands that playing the game in Seattle as planned is definitely in the best interests of soccer," said Contiguglia. "We all know that soccer is a sport about unifying the world, and the event in Seattle will certainly showcase that type of goodwill successfully."
The clash with Japan will be the first international soccer match hosted by the newly minted Seattle Seahawks Stadium. Tickets ranging in price levels from $20 to $70 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, at the Seahawks Stadium ticket office, by phone (Seattle 206-628-0888; Tacoma 253-627-8497), and online at www.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290.
The USA and Japan have met only one time at the senior international level, with Japan capturing a 3-1 victory on March 14, 1993 in Tokyo. In addition to the ESPN2 broadcast, fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.