U.S. to Face Honduras on Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami
U.S. Men’s National Team Returns to South Florida for First Time Since 2004
CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will host Honduras in an international friendly on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff for the USAâ€™s first match in South Florida since 2004 is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.
The match falls on an international fixture date, which gives U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full complement of players.
Advance tickets starting at $18 go on sale to the public Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including most Walmart stores), and the Sun Life Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Groups of 20 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 Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. ET 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€œHonduras is a team that we may see in World Cup qualifying, so this is a very good opportunity for our players,â€ said Klinsmann. â€œHonduras is a skillful team, and you could see their quality in the last World Cup. These are important experiences for our team as we prepare for next summer.â€
The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 advantage in the series dating back to 1965. The teams have played several memorable matches, including the USAâ€™s stunning 3-2 victory on Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula that sealed their place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the United States earned a dramatic 2-2 draw against Costa Rica that delivered Honduras a spot in South Africa.
Honduras has twice qualified for the World Cup, and remains one of the strongest teams in the region. The Catrachos were semifinalists in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing out to eventual champions Mexico.
The U.S. returns to South Florida for the first time since 2004 and makes their first appearance at Sun Life Stadium since Feb. 21, 1998, a 2-0 loss to Holland. Holding a 3-10-4 record in Miami, the USAâ€™s last visit resulted in a 1-1 draw on March 13, 2004, against Haiti.
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 Baudouin Stadium begins at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.