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Ticket Sales for USA-Spain at Gillette Stadium Set Record for a U.S. Soccer Event in New England


Tickets for Match against Top-Ranked Spain Available through Ticketmaster and ussoccer.com

CHICAGO (May 31, 2011) — More than 57,500 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., setting a record for a Men’s National Team event in the state of Massachusetts and throughout New England. The new mark eclipses the previous record of 57,407 set April 20, 1997, when the USA faced Mexico during 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying at the old Foxborough Stadium.

Kickoff against the top-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision.  Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the region. The Gillette Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is also currently selling match tickets.

The U.S. and Spain have met just four times previously, with Spain holding a 3-1-0 edge. The USA’s lone victory is the most famous of the encounters, having taken place in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Facing a Spain team that had been on an international record setting run of 15 consecutive victories and a 35-game unbeaten streak, goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory and a place in their first final of a major FIFA tournament.

The U.S. is making its 12th appearance at Gillette Stadium, posting an impressive 9-1-2 record. Remarkably, 10 of the 12 matches have been either in the Gold Cup or World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. has tallied 28 goals and surrendered six in the facility, with eight shutouts.

The United States will seek its fifth confederation championship title when they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe. The U.S. will first take on Canada on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit. The team then travels south to face Panama on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before rounding out group play against Guadeloupe on June 14 at the brand new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CT.

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