Tickets Sold Out for September 1 World Cup Qualifer in Washington, D.C.
CHICAGO (Thursday, August 2, 2001) - Tickets for the crucial upcoming qualifer between the United States and Honduras have sold out, the fastest sellout for a U.S. Soccer match in Washington, D.C. history. The USA meets Honduras on Matchday Seven of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and will be followed by a Major League Soccer contest between D.C. United and the Tampa Bay Mutiny. The game will also be broadcast live on the Futbol de Primera radio network, beginning with their national pre-game show at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Over 51,000 seats have been sold for the match at storied RFK Stadium. Due to the tremendous demand, D.C. United officials plan to install temporary seating behind the southeast goal, allowing for increased capacity. With the expanded capacity, more than 55,000 fans will witness the match, marking one of the highest attendances for a soccer match in the stadium's history. The additional tickets will be sold within the U.S. Soccer family.
The D.C. venue has played host to several key matches, including the 1996 Olympics and the 1997 MLS Cup. Most recently, RFK hosted a crucial World Cup qualifying semifinal match between the United States and Guatemala. In one of the greatest atmospheres ever created for a U.S. soccer event, the USA earned a crucial 1-0 victory against Guatemala before 51,996 fans on September 3, 2000.
In their history, the U.S. Men are an impressive 7-2-3 in 12 games at RFK Stadium, including a 2-0-1 mark in World Cup qualifiers.