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U.S. Soccer Fans Encouraged to Wear Red on Wednesday, Feb. 11 to Support U.S. Men's National Team in FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2009) — U.S. Soccer and Nike are encouraging fans across the country to wear red on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to show their support for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against Mexico in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying. The match, which is sold out at Columbus Crew Stadium, will be live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision beginning at 7 pm. ET.

Whether attending the match at Columbus Crew Stadium, heading to an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, watching the match at home on television or logging on to follow’s MatchTracker, fans can make a statement by wearing red from head to toe on game day.

Fans attending the game in Columbus should wear red coats, hats, gloves, scarves and any other cold-weather clothing that will keep them warm and create a “red-out” in the stadium. While those at home can partake in the campaign by wearing red to work, school, the gym, or anywhere else fans might go on Feb. 11. By wearing red, U.S. Soccer fans can show they are some of the most loyal and dedicated in the world.

Fans are also encouraged to download Nike’s cheer cards, which will be handed out to every U.S. fan attending the match at Columbus Crew Stadium. The two-sided card will have NIKE’s famous “Don’t Tread” snake logo on one side, while the other side says “Don’t Tread on the Red!”. Fans not attending the match can download the cheer cards at by clicking on the "Get the Fan Card" link and bring them wherever they’ll be watching the game.

The match against Mexico 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 against 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. 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.