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Individual Tickets for 2008 Men's Olympic Qualifying Go On Sale Wednesday, Jan. 30

CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2008) — Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and U.S. Soccer have announced that individual tickets for 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville will go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 12 p.m. local time in each market.

The eight-team event, which includes national teams at the Under-23 age level, will be played as eight doubleheaders from March 11-23, 2008, and will send two finalists to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Group A, which includes the United States, Honduras, Cuba and Panama, will play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on March 11, 13 and 15. Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20, and the championship match and third-place game on Sunday, March 23.

Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament go on sale beginning Wednesday (January 30) at 12 p.m. local time in each venue through, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities.

In Tampa and Los Angeles (where first round doubleheaders are scheduled), teams competing at those sites will have seats at every price level set aside for their fans, allowing supporters of the same country to sit together. Fans must order online to choose from this allotment.

In Nashville, where the participating teams won’t be known until several days before the semifinal round, seating until the end of the first round will be allocated (based on the local population) for U.S.A., Mexico, and mixed/neutral fan sections at each price level.

Series ticket sales will end on 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, for fans looking to buy tickets to all three match dates in each venue.

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is led by head coach Peter Nowak, who is also an assistant on Bob Bradley’s staff with the full team. The team is currently holding a training camp that features top young professionals based both in the U.S. and abroad in Bradenton, Fla., through Feb. 3.

2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying

– Details –

Event: Eight-team qualifying event to decide two CONCACAF positions at 2008 Olympics
Dates: March 11-23, 2008
Venues: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.); LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.)
Teams: USA, Mexico, Canada; Cuba, Haiti; Guatemala, Honduras, Panama

– Schedule –

Group A (Tampa, Florida; Raymond James Stadium)
Date              Home            Visitor Kickoff (local)
March 11      Panama        Honduras       5:30 p.m. ET
March 11      USA                Cuba               8 p.m. ET

March 13      Honduras      Cuba               5:30 p.m. ET
March 13      USA                 Panama         8 p.m. ET

March 15      Cuba               Panama         4:30 p.m. ET
March 15      USA                 Honduras       7 p.m. ET

Group B (Carson, California; The Home Depot Center)
Date              Home             Visitor               Kickoff (local)
March 12      Haiti                Guatemala      5:30 p.m. PT
March 12      Canada          Mexico              8 p.m. PT

March 14      Canada          Haiti                  5:30 p.m. PT
March 14      Mexico            Guatemala      8 p.m. PT

March 16      Guatemala    Canada            3:30 p.m. PT
March 16      Mexico            Haiti                  6 p.m. PT

Final Stage (Nashville, Tennessee; LP Field)
Date               Matchup                     Kickoff (local)
March 20       Semifinal 1 *              5 p.m. CT
March 20       Semifinal 2 *              8 p.m. CT

March 23       Third-Place Match    1 p.m. CT
March 23       Final                            4 p.m. CT

* Winner advances to 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing