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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

Bruce Arena Named Head Coach of U.S. Men's National Team

CHICAGO (November 22, 2016) – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has named Bruce Arena as the new head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The most decorated head coach in American soccer history, Arena most famously guided the U.S. to its best finish in the World Cup in more than 80 years with a quarterfinal appearance in 2002 and returns to the job where he amassed the most wins of any coach in U.S. MNT history.

Arena, who will assume the role on Thursday, Dec. 1, will be formally introduced during a teleconference with U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

“When we considered the possible candidates to take over the Men’s National Team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list,” said Gulati. “His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach. We all know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup in Russia.”

“Any time you get the opportunity to coach the National Team it’s an honor,” said Arena. “I’m looking forward to working with a strong group of players that understand the challenge in front of them after the first two games of the Hex. Working as a team, I’m confident that we’ll take the right steps forward to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.”

The Most Accomplished Coach in U.S. MNT History

Arena steps back into the job that he held over an eight-year tenure from 1998-2006. With a record of 71-30-29, the Brooklyn-born manager is by far the winningest coach in U.S. MNT history as well as the only head coach to lead the USA at two FIFA World Cups.

His crowning achievement came at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where he led the MNT to a 3-2 upset of Portugal in their opening match before advancing out of the group and earning a 2-0 shutout against Mexico in the Round of 16. Benefiting from the experience of his previous World Cup Qualifying campaign, the U.S. MNT advanced to the 2006 FIFA World Cup with relative ease, booking a place in Germany with three matches to spare in CONCACAF’s Final Round. Drawn into the ‘Group of Death’, a nine-man U.S. squad put in a gutsy performance to earn a 1-1 draw against eventual World Cup champions Italy.

Arena also led the U.S. to its second and third regional titles with championships at the 2002 and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups, as well as a third-place finish at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.

A History of Success

Beyond his National Team tenure, Arena has found success along every stop of his 40-plus year coaching career. The Long Island native won five NCAA Division 1 National Championships with the University of Virginia, including a still-standing record of four-straight from 1991-94.

His collegiate coaching tenure led him to his first international job, taking the reins of the U.S. U-23 team leading up to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where Arena guided the USA to a respectable 1-1-1 showing. Arena balanced his U-23 duties with his head coaching role of D.C. United in the inaugural year of Major League Soccer and helped to turn the club into the nascent league’s first true powerhouse. D.C. won four domestic titles on Arena’s watch – the 1996 and 1997 MLS Cups, 1996 U.S. Open Cup and 1997 Supporters Shield – as well as international hardware with the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup and 1998 Interamerican Cup.

Following his eight-year tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team, Arena returned to club coaching for a brief stint with the New York Red Bulls in 2006-07, before joining the LA Galaxy the following year. In LA, Arena worked to make the Galaxy the premier club in MLS, coaching the side to three MLS Cup titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as two Supporter Shield wins in 2010 and 2011. As the only five-time MLS Cup winning head coach, Arena has worked with numerous coaches throughout his time in Major League Soccer, serving as a mentor to many.

A three-time MLS Coach of the Year winner, Arena was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010 and five years later was named the recipient of the of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award, the highest honor that an individual can receive from the U.S. Soccer Federation. 

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