CHICAGO (Friday, January 31, 2003) â€” When the U.S. Men's National Team returns to Seattle to face Japan on Saturday, March 29 at Seattle Seahawks Stadium, a limited number of lucky fans will have an opportunity to purchase special on-field seats that will be placed just five yards from the game action.
The 100 true field-level seats are available now for $150 and in addition to including a unique chance to be just feet from the world-class soccer action, fans get to keep the commemorative chair, which will be autographed by U.S. Menâ€™s National Team head coach Bruce Arena. Arena, who recently signed a contract extension through the 2006 World Cup, is the all-time winningest coach in Menâ€™s National Team history with a 33-18-14 international record.
Over 6,500 tickets have already been sold for the USA-Japan match, which marks the teamâ€™s return to Seattle after packing over 38,000 fans into Safeco Field on March 2, 2002 for a 4-0 win over Honduras.
Tickets are now available throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia via all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone (Seattle: 206-628-0888; Tacoma: 253-627-8497). Beyond the on-field seating, ticket prices range from $20 to $70 and are also available at the Seahawks Stadium ticket office and online at www.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 [Click here for complete ticket information].
The U.S. MNT roster will likely include 2002 World Cup stars like 20-year-old scoring sensation Landon Donovan, forward Clint Mathis, and midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Pablo Mastroeni, who all helped the USA to a best ever eighth place finish at the worldâ€™s largest sporting event last summer in Korea and Japan.
The U.S. Men's National Team is coming off the most successful year in its 86-year history, having advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in over 70 years and posting an 11-6-2 (W-L-T) record in 2002. Coming off its World Cup success, the USA climbed all the way to the #8 spot in the FIFA World Rankings.
Featuring a new core of players mixed in with several World Cup veterans, the young U.S. squad dismantled Canada 4-0 in Ft. Lauderdale in their 2003 opener on Jan. 18. The U.S. next faces a tough test in two-time world champion Argentina, who they meet at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Saturday, Feb. 8, live at 8:55 a.m. PT on ESPN2.
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. The clash with Japan will be the first international soccer match hosted by the newly minted Seattle Seahawks Stadium. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action live online via ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.