Game at New Meadowlands Stadium to Showcase Venue Part of USAâ€™s Bid for FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022;
Advance Tickets Still Available Via Ticketmaster and ussoccer.com
CHICAGO (July 30, 2010) â€” More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Menâ€™s National Teamâ€™s match against five-time world champions Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff for the USAâ€™s first match following the 2010 FIFA World Cup is slated for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision.
Advance tickets are still available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all area Ticketmaster ticket centers, and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
"We're excited about the opportunity to play at a brand new world-class stadium against one of the top teams in the world," said U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. "We are especially pleased to be able to play in front of the fans who gave such remarkable support during the tournament this summer. There has been a tremendous reaction around the country to the team sinceÂ we returned from South Africa, and we expect an incredible atmosphere."
Brazil will be led by newly named head coach Mano Menezes, who named a 24-player roster to travel to the U.S. that includes four players who were part of Brazil's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. Robinho, Ramires, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva were all part of Dunga's team which was eliminated by World Cup finalists Netherlands. Menezes also included several exciting players who weren't on the World Cup roster, including young talents like AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato and Neymar of Santos.
The teams last met in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan before Brazil rallied for a 3-2 victory.
Recently opened in 2010, the New Meadowlands Stadium is one of 18 stadiums that is part of the bid to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.