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

Mallory Pugh: Head of the Class

The combination of natural born talent, hard work, an excellent support system and the tremendous support given to the U.S. Youth National Team programs has allowed Mallory Pugh to have some unique soccer experiences before the age of 18.

She started in a U-20 Women’s World Cup at 16-years-old, debuted for the full U.S. National Team at 17, scored her first international goal at the senior level in front of more than 23,000 fans and became the youngest U.S. female player ever to play in an Olympic Qualifying match.

Those accomplishments have earned her the acclaim of being one of the top young players in the world.

“I remember coming into January Camp for the WNT following the [World Cup] Qualifying tournament for the U-20s the month before and being nervous,” Pugh said. “But then as the soccer came along and we started playing more and more, that's when things became a lot more comfortable and easy. Now things are great and I'm excited for what's ahead.”

The Highlands Ranch, Colorado native, debuted with the WNT on Jan. 23 in San Diego against the Republic of Ireland. In only 33 minutes of play, Pugh showed she belonged. She scored her first goal 25 minutes into her senior team career, making her the 19th player in team history to score in her first cap and the sixth-youngest player to record a goal in the history of the women's program. Three months later, Pugh has appeared in all 11 games for the USA this year.

But when Pugh isn't on the field, it’s no surprise that she lives life like a regular teenager who is ready (really ready!) to graduate from high school; she is currently fighting a serious case of senioritis. She enjoys going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and hiking, if of course the weather is nice.

Another recent occurrence in her life? Her prom date was late for photos, a big no-no in the unspoken rules of prom etiquette.

Prom pics aside, it’s likely that Pugh will be the subject of many photographs in the coming months as she has quickly become comfortable at the highest levels of the international game and is competing for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team. She has started seven of the 11 matches she has played so far for head coach Jill Ellis’ squad, scoring twice and adding five assists, which is tied for the most on the team in 2016.

Despite her limited senior team experience, she is fast accumulating fans, who enjoy her dynamic style, her comfort on the ball, surgical distribution of passes and ability to break down teams on the dribble.

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