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Tickets Go On Sale Monday, July 28, for U.S. FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Chicago


CHICAGO (July 23, 2008) — Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Sept. 10 FIFA World Cup qualifier vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, July 28.

The match kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision. For head coach Bob Bradley’s team, the match follows two difficult road games against Guatemala – where the U.S. has only won once in eight tries – and Cuba. This is the third of six matches for the U.S. in the semifinal round of qualifying that will take place from August to November.

Tickets ranging in price levels from $25 to $90 go on sale to the public Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 312-559-1212 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and FYE). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or by calling 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Friday, July 25, at 8 a.m. CT until Monday, July 28, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

The U.S. has never played a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Chicagoland, but has a tremendous history in the Windy City against previous opponents like Portugal, Germany, England and Brazil. The U.S. holds a 4-2-2 record at Soldier Field, highlighted by the 2-1 victory against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final that earned the U.S. their fourth regional championship and a place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will be making their first-ever appearance in Bridgeview, the home of the Chicago Fire.

The U.S. is 13-1-3 all-time vs. Trinidad & Tobago, but just four of those victories have come by multiple goals, including the last meeting on June 9, 2007, when the U.S. came out on top 2-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Trinidad & Tobago advanced to the semifinal round following a scare against Bermuda in the second round in which Bermuda led 2-1 after the first leg, but Trinidad & Tobago rebounded for a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The U.S. opened FIFA World Cup qualifying with a 9-0 aggregate victory vs. Barbados. Up next for the U.S. are a pair of road qualifiers, at Guatemala on Aug. 20 and at Cuba on Sept. 6. Ticket information for U.S. supporters traveling to Guatemala is available at ussoccer.com, however, due to U.S. law, fans will not be permitted to travel to the Cuba match. Semifinal Round qualifying in the CONCACAF region divides teams into three groups of four. Playing a six-game round robin format, the top two finishers from each group will advance to the final six-team group that will be played in 2009.
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