CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will host Ecuador in an international friendly on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Kickoff for the USAâ€™s first match in Red Bull Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.
The match will be the second for U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in four days in early October as the U.S. will face Honduras three days earlier on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Both matches fall during an international fixture window, which gives Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full complement of players.
Advance tickets starting at $30 go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, VisaÂ® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
â€œWe want to expose the team to as many styles as possible, and we know the quality of Ecuador,â€ said Klinsmann. â€œWe are also excited for the opportunity to play in Red Bull Arena. The stadium is one of the best soccer-specific venues in the United States and we are looking forward to playing our first ever national team match in Harrison.â€
The U.S. only holds a 2-4-4 record against Ecuador, but both wins have come in the last two meetings. After only scoring two goals in eight games (both in a 2-2 draw on Dec. 2, 1984), the U.S. finally earned their first victory against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, with a 1-0 victory in Birmingham, Ala. that saw U.S. goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard earn his first cap and first shutout. In the next match of the series, the U.S. was led by all-time leading goalscorer Landon Donovan who registered a hat trick in a 3-1 victory on March 25, 2007, in Tampa, Fla.
Ecuador has qualified for two FIFA World Cups, in 2002 and 2006, and just missed the South American playoff spot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Ecuador will be traveling to the United States directly following its opening 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Oct. 7 when the team hosts Venezuela.
The Oct. 11 match will be the first for the U.S. Men at Red Bull Arena, but the second for a U.S. National Team as the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team defeated Mexico 1-0 at the venue in that teamâ€™s Send-Off match before heading to Germany for the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup.