U.S. Soccer

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

First Cap, First Goal: Christen Press

On Feb. 9, 2013, the U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off the new year with a 4-1 victory against Scotland in Jacksonville, Florida. Christen Press, then 24-years-old, was responsible for two goals that day, scoring in the 13th minute and adding another in the 32nd to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead at halftime.

The early goal was Press’ first for the USA, coming in a match that was also her first cap.


Becky Sauerbrunn hugs Christen Press in the aftermath of Press scoring on her WNT debut. 

Earning that first cap is special for any player, but a debut and a goal in the same game? That’s a rare feat. In the 30+ year history of the U.S. WNT  21 players have scored in their first caps.

NOTHING TO LOSE

Press’ path to that first game three years ago was an interesting one.  In early 2012, she made the decision to move to Sweden after U.S.-based Women’s Professional Soccer folded. Press thought leaving the country might negatively impact her hopeful National Team career, but little did she know, it was only just beginning.

“I think just because I always thought that the National Teams would be watching the American league, I thought that going abroad was kind of like saying goodbye to my dream of playing for the National Team,” recalled Press. “I left around this time, in February, and I thought I would not get a call, I sort of thought that I would fall out of U.S. Soccer’s radar.”

As it turns out, head coach Pia Sundhage kept tabs on players in Europe, especially in her native land of Sweden. Press got off to a hot start with her new club, and it wasn’t long before she was on her way back home.

Press returned to the U.S. and joined the WNT in Florida in April during the final stretch of what had been an intense fitness camp. She kept to herself and tried to quickly learn as much as possible despite only being there for five days.

“I had nothing to lose,” she said. “It was my first camp, it was warm and I was so happy. I don’t think I spoke to anybody. I was not nervous, I was just happy to be in Florida and my dream was coming true. I’m always quiet when I don’t know my surroundings, so I just kept to myself trying to learn the rules, how to behave; it was all so quick.”

That short stint turned out to be the only one for Press before she was named an Olympic alternate in 2012. The following February, Tom Sermanni took over as WNT head coach, and it was then Press learned she would start against Scotland. Her chance had arrived.

“I went on the field, the crowd was so much bigger than I’d ever played in front of, and for me it was so much bigger than life,” said Press. “But I kept telling myself, ‘I’m not nervous, I’m confident, I’m a good player and I believe in myself.’”

Years and multiple goals later, plus one Women’s World Cup title to her name, the dream is alive and well for Press.

Christen Press
Press celebrates scoring her first World Cup goal against Australia in the USA's opening match of the 2015 Women's World Cup

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