CHICAGO (Friday, February 15, 2002) - With the "Nike Road to Korea" less than three months away, U.S. Soccer announced ticket information today for the USA's final three domestic World Cup preparation matches. The “Nike Road to Korea” will include three games before the U.S. departs for Korea and the 2002 World Cup in late May. Before playing their World Cup send-off match against Holland in Foxboro, Mass., on May 19, the U.S. will face Uruguay on May 12 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C and then travel north to face Jamaica on May 16 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The U.S. and World Cup-bound Uruguay open the “Nike Road to Korea” on May 12 and will meet in the first match of a doubleheader that includes D.C. United against the Columbus Crew. Tickets for selected seats for the event at RFK Stadium will go on sale starting today (Feb. 15) at 10 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster outlets in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia or by phone (D.C. area: 202-432-7328; Northern Virginia: 703-573-7328; Baltimore: 410-481-7328). Prices range from $32 to $75. Tickets in additional locations can be purchased as part of any D.C. United season ticket package, available through the team at 703-478-6600. Any remaining lower level seats will go on sale starting March 14.
When the U.S. and Jamaica meet on Thursday, May 16, at Giants Stadium, it will mark the sixth time the teams have played since 1997. The U.S. has never lost to Jamaica in 11 matches, including the historic 2-1 win on October 7, 2001 that clinched a spot in the 2002 World Cup. Group tickets and two-game packages (package includes a ticket for USA-Jamaica plus the MetroStars home opener vs. New England March 23) go on sale starting today (Feb. 15) through the MetroStars office only at 1-888-4-METRO-TIX. Group rates start at $20, and package prices start at $33. Individual tickets will go on sale starting March 23 through Ticketmaster.
Holland is one of Europe’s top teams, advancing to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. Tickets for the USA-Holland clash, which will be followed by an MLS encounter between the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire, are currently available only as part of the New England Revolution season ticket package, available through the team at 1-877-GET-REVS. Individual and group ticket information will be announced at a later date.
After falling to Italy 1-0 in Sicily yesterday, the U.S. now returns home for a two-game domestic swing that will see the team play Honduras in Seattle on March 2 (live on ESPN at 1 p.m. PT) and Ecuador in Birmingham on March 10 (live on ABC at 3 p.m. CT).