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U.S. Soccer Partners With OleOle For Travel Packages and Fan Ticket Exchange


CHICAGO (Feb. 4, 2009) — U.S. Soccer has partnered with OleOle (www.oleole.com) to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets. The U.S. Men’s National Team’s much-anticipated match against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale and OleOle is the only fan ticket exchange guaranteed by U.S. Soccer to provide a safe and secure environment for fans to purchase and sell their match tickets. Click here for more information.

For fans that are looking for a complete turnkey game experience, OleOle is exclusively offering official travel packages for all the home and away 2009 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including the sold-out game versus Mexico. Packages are available at three and four star hotels and include a game ticket. Click here for details about OleOle’s travel packages.

In addition to a ticket exchange and travel packages, OleOle’s website provides a 100% soccer fan-driven social media experience. Fans can connect with other fans in the U.S. and across the globe through a variety of social media offerings including blogging, sharing of photos, videos and news about previous U.S. Soccer trips and experiences.

U.S. Soccer previously partnered with OleOle to provide fans with unique travel experiences, including the opportunity to follow the U.S. MNT on the road when the team traveled to Ullevi Stadium, where they fell 1-0 to Sweden in Goteborg, Sweden and throughout the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela.

The February 11th match will be the sixth World Cup qualifier hosted by the nine-year-old Columbus Crew Stadium. The U.S. has a 3-0-2 record in qualifying and an unbeaten 4-0-3 all-time record in the stadium. In the first meeting with Mexico on Feb. 28, 2001 – dubbed the “Guerra Fria (‘Cold War’)” because the game-time temperature topped out at 29 degrees – goals by Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart paced the U.S. to a 2-0 victory. Just over four years later on Sept. 3, 2005, goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley earned the United States another 2-0 win and officially booked their place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The U.S., along with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago, is competing in the 10-game round-robin format through Oct. 14, 2009, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 14/18 against the fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying.

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