CHICAGO (February 2, 2006) — More than 25,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. vs. Japan international friendly on February 10 at 8 p.m. PT at SBC Park in San Francisco. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and available online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
Sales continue to be brisk, and inventory in the top two price categories is now limited. Tickets starting at $22 are available online at ussoccer.com, all San Francisco area Tickets.Com outlets (including Giants Dugout Stores, Raley’s, and Sportsmart) and by phone at 800-225-2277. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets through SBC Park by calling 415-972-2000 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).
“This will be a great opportunity for our domestic players to show what they can do against a team that is headed to the World Cup,” said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. “We believe Japan will field a number of first team players, so it will be a great game to evaluate players and continue to formulate the roster that we will take to Germany.”
This will be the first appearance for the U.S. MNT in San Francisco in 26 years and will feature two teams that qualified for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 from their respective regions.
The U.S. MNT kicked off 2006 with a 0-0 draw vs. Canada on January 22 in San Diego, followed by a 5-0 victory vs. Norway on January 29 in Carson. The latter was the largest margin of victory for the U.S. vs. a European opponent, and matched a 5-0 victory over China in 1993 as the largest margin of victory of a team from outside of the CONCACAF region.
Arena has used 22 different players through the first two games, including five players making their debut. After the scoreless draw with Canada, the U.S. offense exploded against Norway, led by forward Taylor Twellman’s three goals – only the ninth hat trick in U.S. Soccer history. Defender Eddie Pope and midfielder Chris Klein provided the other two goals, while Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Todd Dunivant (2) and Pat Noonan had the assists.
The USA was drawn into Group E for the 2006 FIFA World Cup along with the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Italy. The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen before meeting Italy and then finishing off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament.