U.S. to Face Regional Rivals Mexico on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
Match will be First for U.S. After Falling to Mexico in 2011 Gold Cup Final; ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision to Broadcast Match Live at 9 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (July 8, 2011) â€” The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will continue their long-running rivalry against Mexico when they face off Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Kickoff for the teamsâ€™ first meeting in a friendly since 2008 is set for 9 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.
The regional rivals are coming off a meeting in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final where Mexico scored four unanswered goals to defeat the U.S. 4-2 in front of more than 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Tickets starting at $38 go on sale to the public Friday, July 15, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley (including Walmart and Boscovâ€™s) and the Lincoln Financial Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, VisaÂ® 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 starts Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, July 15, 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.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled that fans in Philadelphia will have a chance to witness this special rivalry,â€ said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. â€œA match between the United States and Mexico inspires a lot of passion from both sides and creates an outstanding atmosphere in the stadium. These types of games are great experiences for our players, and we look forward to the challenge.â€
At the stadium, U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, an organization-wide set of initiatives focused on enhancing the game experience for fans. Launched earlier this year, the campaign promotes fan-friendly behavior with the goal of creating a positive, safe and enjoyable environment for everyone on game day. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.
The match on Aug. 10 will mark the 59th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-32-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-8-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 31 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-10-8 advantage. In the teamsâ€™ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years.
The U.S. National Team will return to Philadelphia for only the third time since 1992, with Lincoln Financial Field serving as a magnificent host on two occasions. Most recently, the USA came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory against Turkey in front of a raucous crowd of 55,407 fans who witnessed the teamâ€™s final match before departing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. A year earlier, the U.S. sealed a 2-1 overtime victory against Panama in the quarterfinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in front of another heavily partisan U.S. crowd.
The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will play a pair of friendlies on the international fixture dates in September, hosting Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before traveling to face Belgium on Sept. 6 in Brussels. Kickoff on Sept. 2 at the National Training Center is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Galavision. Four days later, coverage from King Badouin Stadium begins at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.com. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.