CHICAGO (Tuesday, December 31, 2002) – Tickets are now on sale for the U.S. Men's National Team match against two-time World Cup champion Argentina on Saturday, February 8, 2003, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the game live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $15 to $35 can be purchased at all South Florida Ticketmaster outlets (including FYE, Spec’s Music and Ricky’s Records), by phone (Ft. Lauderdale 954-523-3309; Miami 305-358-5885; West Palm Beach 561-966-3309) and on-line at www.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order immediately through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1249.
"Argentina is traditionally one of the finest teams in the world, and to have the opportunity to face a team of their caliber is invaluable to the developmental process of our team," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "Our goal over the next two years is to face as much quality opposition as possible in order to prepare our newer players for the challenge of World Cup qualifying in 2004."
The United States holds a 2-4 lifetime record against Argentina, who are currently ranked fifth in the FIFA World Rankings. The Feb. 8 meeting will be the second ever on U.S. soil. The teams' last met June 13, 1999 in Washington, D.C., when a Joe-Max Moore lifted the United States a 1-0 victory and their second straight win against their South American neighbors. The previous victory came four years earlier, when the United States shocked Argentina 3-0 on July 14, 1995, en route to a fourth place finish at the Copa America in Uruguay.
The USA has played eight times at the Orange Bowl in Miami, compiling a 2-4-2 lifetime record. Over 49,000 fans witnessed the U.S. defeat Haiti 3-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on February 12, 2000. The U.S. men last visited Miami in February of last year, falling to Colombia by a score of 1-0.
The United States is continuing preparation for participation in two major tournaments this summer. Eight teams from the around the world, led by 2002 World Cup champions Brazil, will compete for the FIFA Confederations Cup championship from June 18-29 in France. The USA will then look to defend its confederation championship in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held from July 12-23 in the United States.