U.S. to Resume CONCACAF Rivalry With Honduras on Jan. 23 at The Home Depot Center
• U.S. Will Conclude January Training Camp Against Fellow World Cup Finalists
• Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow for U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members, Thursday, Dec. 17 for Visa cardholders and Friday, Dec. 18 For General Public
• Preparations for 2010 FIFA World Cup Will Continue in California
CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2009) — The U.S. Men's National Team will conclude its annual January training camp at The Home Depot Center with a match against CONCACAF foe and fellow World Cup finalist Honduras on Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast in English on Fox Soccer Channel, with Spanish language coverage to be determined. The camp will be the first preparation in 2010 for next summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
“Obviously we know the quality of the Honduran team very well and we think the match is a great way to start the year as we commence preparations for the World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “With both teams working toward finalizing their rosters for South Africa, we expect it will be a very competitive game.”
Advance tickets starting at $26, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including Macy’s, FYE and Ritmo Latino). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. PT until Friday, Dec. 18, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The match will kick off an exciting year of soccer as the team focuses on their upcoming participation in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. has been drawn into Group C of the World Cup, and will face England in the first match on June 12 in Rustenberg, South Africa. Their second group match will take them to Johannesberg to take on Slovenia on June 18, and they’ll finish group play against Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.
After a busy 2009 that saw the U.S. team advance to its first FIFA Tournament Final in the FIFA Confederations Cup as well as finish top of CONCACAF in World Cup qualifying, the match against Honduras will provide a stern if familiar test for the United States.
The U.S. faced Honduras four times in 2009 and earned a record of 4-0-0 against the Central American nation. The four matches tied a record for number of matches against one nation in a year for the U.S., matching 1973 when the U.S. faced Poland four times.
Two matches in qualifying against Honduras proved to be big wins for the U.S., as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Soldier Field on June 6 and then also came from behind to win 3-2 in San Pedro Sula on Oct. 10—the win that clinched a spot in the World Cup for the Americans. Honduras qualified with a 1-0 victory against El Salvador coupled with U.S. assistance from a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on the final day of qualifying. Reinaldo Rueda’s team has been drawn into Group H with Spain, Switzerland and Chile.