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U.S. to Face China on June 2 in San Jose, Calif., in Final Match Before Summer Tournaments


CHICAGO (February 26, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to the Bay Area on June 2, 2007, to take on China at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

One year after topping Japan, 3-2, in San Francisco, the U.S. will play in Spartan Stadium for the first time in four years in the team’s final friendly before the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2007 Copa America.

Tickets starting at $22 will go on sale Friday, March 2, at ussoccer.com, all San Jose area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ritmo Latino and FYE) and by phone at 408-998-8497. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com.
As a special benefit to VISA cardholders, a VISA-only pre-sale will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 1 through ussoccer.com. VISA, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method available for this pre-sale opportunity.

“The match against China is an excellent lead in to the Gold Cup," said U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley. "The fans in San Jose, and the Bay Area in general, have always been extremely supportive, and we’re looking forward to getting our busy summer schedule underway with a good warm up for our regional championship.”

The June 2 match will be the eighth meeting between the U.S. and China, and the hosts hold a 4-1-2 record vs. their guests. Three of the last seven meetings between the U.S. and China have been in the Bay Area, with the last meeting coming six years ago on Jan. 27, 2001, in Oakland as the U.S. won 2-1 on a Brian McBride goal and a China own goal. The U.S. also played China in San Francisco on Oct. 16, 1977 (2-1 W), and in Palo Alto on April 4, 1992 (5-0 W). In seven meetings, the U.S. has outscored China 13-6.

Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-2 record at Spartan Stadium and a 9-6-3 record in the Bay Area including last year’s victory vs. Japan on goals by Taylor Twellman, Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey. The last appearance at Spartan Stadium was a 2-0 victory over Wales on May 26, 2003, on goals by Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan.

Along with three friendlies this spring, the United States will compete in two major championships this summer. The three-time champions will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States.

Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the 12-team regional championship of South America, which will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. was drawn into Group C with Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia, and will kick off the tournament against Argentina on June 28 in Maracaibo.

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date Match Venue Result/Kickoff/TV Tickets
Jan. 20 USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W --
Feb. 7 USA vs. Mexico Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W --
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 12 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision More Info
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 9 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision More Info
June 2 USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 8 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Galavision More Info
June 6-24 CONCACAF Gold Cup United States TBD --
June 28 Argentina * Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) TBD --
July 2 Paraguay * Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) TBD --
July 5 Colombia * Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) TBD --
     

* 2007 Copa America in Venezuela

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