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U.S. Soccer Send-Off Series Schedule


Under U.S. Soccer’s “One Nation. One Team.” campaign, a host of interactive events and social media programs will provide soccer fans across the nation with unprecedented opportunities to connect with the U.S. Men’s National Team on its journey from training camp through the build-up toward the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Below is the run of events and opportunities to connect with the USA during training camp and the three-match Send-Off Series (May 27-June 7).

Event details will regularly be updated on ussoccer.com:

U.S. Soccer Send-Off Series Schedule:
Tuesday, May 13:

  • U.S. Soccer launches #FanWall on social media channels. Starting on May 13 and running through the 2014 FIFA World Cup, fans will be able to share messages of support to the U.S. Men’s National Team via social media. Similar to the #FanWall concept executed for the USA-Mexico match on Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Soccer is asking fans for messages that will be gathered across its social media platforms (Twitter @ussoccer, Facebook and Instagram). The collected quotes will appear in unique locations connected to the team during its journey to Brazil, from training camp, to Send-Off Series games, Fan Appreciation Day in Times Square and in Brazil when the USA squad arrives and trains in Sao Paulo.

Wednesday, May 21:

  • 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT): Google+ Hangout with Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin

Thursday, May 22:

  • 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT): Google+ Hangout with Brad Davis and Michael Parkhurst

Friday, May 23:

  • 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT): Google+ Hangout with Graham Zusi and Chris Wondolowski

Sunday, May 25:

  • 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT): Google+ Hangout with Maurice Edu and Omar Gonzalez

Monday, May 26 (times PT):

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Public Training Session at Candlestick Park: The always-popular opportunity to see the U.S. MNT will be held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The training is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 27 (times PT):

  • 5 p.m.: Gates to Candlestick Park open for Suites/Hospitality. The venue will feature a Fan Fest, with a plethora of activities hosted by U.S. Soccer sponsors designed to entertain and engage fans before the match. Admission is free, and the activities will range from former National Team player appearances to interactive games, giveaway items, product sampling and much more. Fan Fest Activations for all three Send-Off Series games include Allstate, AT&T, Castrol, Chevrolet, Continental Tire, McDonald’s, Mondelez and Pepsi. More details will be available at ussoccer.com.
  • 5:30 p.m.: General gates open
  • Pre-match: U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws to sing National Anthem; military veteran honorary coin toss: For all three Send-Off Series matches, the U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws will be leading the singing of the Anthem.
  • 7:11 p.m.: USA vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar, at Candlestick Park (ESPN2, UniMas)
  • Post-match: Premier Ticket Holders on-field photo experience

Friday, May 30 (times ET) – Fan Appreciation Day:

  • 8 a.m.: Good Morning America; also at GMA, Grammy Award-winning rapper and Queens, New York, native 50 Cent will be performing
  • 1-5 p.m.: Fan Fest in Times Square; free to the public
  • 2:30 p.m.: Media Availability at Marriott Marquis in Times Square
  • 5-6 p.m.: ESPN FC Special, live from Times Square
  • 7:30 p.m.: Men in Blazers at The Town Hall: Players from the 1994 U.S. World Cup Team and the current squad will be on hand on the evening of Friday, May 30, to take part in a live Men in Blazers event. The discussion will take place at The Town Hall at 123 W. 43rd St. in New York, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available beginning May 12 on Ticketmaster, at The Town Hall Box Office, or online via thetownhall.org and meninblazers.com.

New York City

Saturday, May 31 (times ET):

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Public Training Session at Red Bull Arena: The always-popular opportunity to see the U.S. MNT will be held at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The training is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 1 (times ET):

  • 12 p.m.: Gates open for Suites/Hospitality. The venue will feature a Fan Fest, with a plethora of activities hosted by U.S. Soccer sponsors designed to entertain and engage fans before the match. Admission is free, and the activities will range from former National Team player appearances to interactive games, giveaway items, product sampling and much more. Fan Fest Activations for all three Send-Off Series games include Allstate, AT&T, Castrol, Chevrolet, Continental Tire, McDonald’s, Mondelez and Pepsi. More details will be available at ussoccer.com.
  • 12:30 p.m.: General gates open
  • Pre-match: U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws to sing National Anthem; military veteran honorary coin toss: For all three Send-Off Series matches, the U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws will be leading the singing of the Anthem.
  • 2 p.m.: USA vs. Turkey at Red Bull Arena (ESPN2, UniMas)
  • Post-match: Premier Ticket Holders on-field photo experience

Friday, June 6 (times ET):

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Public training session at EverBank Field

Saturday, June 7 (times ET):

  • 4 p.m.: Gates open for Suites/Hospitality. The venue will feature a Fan Fest, with a plethora of activities hosted by U.S. Soccer sponsors designed to entertain and engage fans before the match. Admission is free, and the activities will range from former National Team player appearances to interactive games, giveaway items, product sampling and much more. Fan Fest Activations for all three Send-Off Series games include Allstate, AT&T, Castrol, Chevrolet, Continental Tire, McDonald’s, Mondelez and Pepsi. More details will be available at ussoccer.com.
  • 4:30 p.m.: General gates open
  • Pre-match: U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws to sing National Anthem; military veteran honorary coin toss: For all three Send-Off Series matches, the U.S. Soccer supporters group the American Outlaws will be leading the singing of the Anthem.
  • 6 p.m.: USA vs. Nigeria at EverBank Field (ESPN2, UniMas)
  • Post-match: Premier Ticket Holders on-field photo experience

Captain Claudio Recalls the Greatest 'Dos a Cero' of All

The U.S. Men’s National Team rode a shock opening win against fourth-ranked Portugal, a draw against the host Korea Republic and a little help from the goalposts to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Finishing second in the group meant that the MNT would have less than three full days rest to turn around and face regional rivals Mexico in the highest stakes match the two nations had ever played. With little time to prepare, in some respects the U.S. was lucky to have drawn the team with which it was most familiar.

Despite the U.S. having won four of the previous five meetings, according to U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, when the team arrived at Jeonju World Cup Stadium that June afternoon, there wasn’t much respect shown from the opposition side.

“Before the game we walked out and we were walking around the field. We had this focus and concentration as a team as you do preparing for any game,” the former team captain told ussoccer.com. “I was with Eddie Lewis, Frankie Hejduk, Gregg Berhalter and Earnie Stewart and we were ready to go – we were foaming at the mouth for this game. We looked over and the Mexicans were laughing, joking and looking at us…That was it.”

Reyna called the team over to quickly finish their pre-game pitch inspection and head back into the locker room.

“We sort of wanted the game to start, we were so ready to go,” he continued. “Back in the locker room, I remember saying, ‘These guys are laughing at us. They think they’re going to beat us easily.’”

Mexico had done efficient work to get to that point. Having finished with seven points atop a group that featured Italy, Croatia and Ecuador, El Tri’s run to the Round of 16 had the side brimming with self-assurance ahead of the match.

“They were feeling confident, but the lack of respect they showed was clear – you never do that,” said Reyna. “I would never do that in my career, even if I felt really comfortable about beating an opponent. That you’d be giggling, laughing and joking at the opponent. It was pretty clear that it was directed at us and at some of our players, and obviously we play them all the time so there’s that rivalry.”

“I remember saying, ‘We’re not losing this game guys.’ Everyone went around and you could feel it all the way through that we couldn’t wait to get out there.”


Reyna gets past Ramon Morales in the most famous "Dos a Cero" in Men's National Team history.

Injuries and suspensions limited the U.S. options, and Bruce Arena used the uncertainty to confound the Mexicans by deploying a 3-5-2 formation for the match. The switch saw Reyna move from his regular central midfield position to the right flank, with the move paying off almost immediately. Following an eighth minute foul in the Mexico half, Brian McBride quickly restarted as he saw Reyna pushing up the flank. The U.S. captain beat two defenders to the end line before centering for Josh Wolff, whose deft touch teed up McBride for a clinical finish and an equally gratifying goal celebration.

The goal set an early tone and played perfectly into Arena’s game plan, allowing the U.S. to sit in and pick its moments to counter against an increasingly frustrated Mexican side. Landon Donovan’s second- half header off an Eddie Lewis cross helped ice the game, giving the MNT its first ever World Cup knockout round win and a quarterfinal date with Germany.

“It was just a great team performance. To beat them 2-0, eliminate them and afterwards realize this was a big deal back in the States,” Reyna said.

The win raised the profile of the Men’s National Team more than any other since the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but in an age before social media, Reyna admitted the players didn’t realize how big an impact the victory had made.

“We didn’t know how huge it was at home,” he said. “We were in Korea and we knew it was sort of growing in momentum. I remember seeing some of the news clips from Mexico City where there were people in plazas and squares crying over the result – that felt good.”


U.S. supporters celebrate during the MNT's 2-0 win against Mexico at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Though the momentum was already building towards U.S. domination of the rivalry, the World Cup win tipped the scales. Since 2000, the MNT has held a 13-6-5 advantage against El Tri.

“From that moment on, it continued to be a real domination of Mexico,” Reyna said. “We went on and beat them all the time. That was the point where we felt we were no longer playing behind them, that we were better than them.”

“It was one big coming out party on the biggest stage.” 

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