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Over 20,000 Tickets Already Sold For U.S. vs. Mexico Match in Houston

CHICAGO (Thursday, March 20, 2003) — Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2002 World Cup rematch against Mexico on May 8 at Reliant Stadium in Houston are selling at a blistering pace, with all of the tickets in the $150, $75, and $60 range selling out just five days after going on public sale. Since opening sales to the general public last Saturday, over 20,000 tickets have already been purchased by Houston area soccer fans, making this one of the fastest selling games in U.S. Soccer history.

“We're excited with the sales for this game so far,” said Houston Texans Senior Vice President Steve Patterson. “We’re looking forward to a big crowd.”           

Tickets for the biggest soccer game in Houston history, which is being presented by Budweiser, are still available in the $27-$50 range and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Texas (including Fiesta, Foley’s and Wherehouse Music), by phone at 713-629-3700 and on-line at  Groups of 30 or more can order tickets by calling toll free at 877-635-2002.  Tickets are also available at the Reliant Stadium ticket office.

The match at newly christened Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans, marks the second appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team in Houston, and is the first in a planned series of games being brought to the area by Houston Texans Entertainment.

The United States and Mexico have distinguished themselves as the class of the region in the past decade, with each team qualifying for the last three World Cups. The United States has dominated the series of late, winning five of the last six meetings, with all of the victories coming by shutout.

The competition between the two nations reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2002 when the teams met for the first time as World Cup opponents in the Round of 16 in Jeonju, Korea. A picture-perfect goal by Brian McBride in the 8th minute helped produce 2-0 victory and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 72 years.

Kickoff for the match, which is being staged in conjunction with Major League Soccer and Houston Texans Entertainment, is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 beginning at 10 p.m. ET.  The match will be broadcast live on Telemundo and the Radio Unica network, and fans can also follow live online via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.