Hey gang! Travis back with some information you may have heard, but then again, some of you may not, so I'm sharing anyways! I'll just share it as I got it -
The United States will face El Salvador on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla., in their second-to-last match before naming the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 7pm, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or twitter.com/ussoccer.
Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $68, plus special VIP On-Field Seats for $150, go on sale to the public Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Tampa Bay area (including many FYE stores).
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, Visa® 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 tomorrow, Jan. 20, at 8am and runs until Thursday, Jan. 21, at 8 a.m. 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.
“El Salvador proved to be a strong team in the final round of qualifying, and will pose a good test for this group,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “This game will be an important part of our preparations, providing us with one of the last opportunities to evaluate the players being considered for the World Cup roster. We are excited about the chance to return to Tampa, a community which has a long tradition of supporting soccer.”
The United States is 14-1-5 all-time versus El Salvador, with 45 goals scored and 13 surrendered. The only loss came Feb. 19, 1992, in a friendly in San Salvador. The teams last met during the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore scoring to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind victory on Sept. 5, 2009, in Sandy, Utah. El Salvador was one of the surprise teams in the CONCACAF region during 2010 qualifying, making it to the final round for the first time in 12 years and beating both Mexico and Costa Rica in San Salvador in 2009.
So, why is this a big deal you ask...well, in case you havent' heard, Tampa, one of 18 cities that will be included in the USA’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022, will be hosting the U.S. team for the fifth time. In the last visit, Landon Donovan recorded the second hat trick of his career in front of a record-setting crowd for a friendly in the state of Florida as the U.S. cruised to a 3-1 victory on March 25, 2007, against Ecuador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. has a 2-1-1 record in Tampa, with the other win coming in 1990 against Finland.
Following the match against El Salvador, the U.S. will travel to face the third-ranked Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam. Kickoff at the Amsterdam ArenA is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura. The match falls on the only international fixture date before the start of the tournament in South Africa, and will be the USA’s final game before naming the World Cup roster in early May.
So, hosting this game is a great thing for Tampa Bay. Make sure you head out and enjoy in the festivities!!! And as always, keep checking back for more great things to do in Tampa Bay and awesome Tampa Bay area events.
Hey everyone! Travis here with some REALLY cool news about some Tampa Bay Entertainment that we'll all benefit from. The USA Bid Committee announced today that Tampa Bay will be included in its Bid Book to host the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™.
"What does that mean" you ask...that means we are one step closer to bringing the World Cup to Tampa Bay for the first time in history!!!!!
Along with Tampa Bay, 17 other cities throughout the United States will be included in the USA Bid Book, which will be submitted to FIFA on May 14, 2010.
It doesn't get much cooler than this...and the entire Tampa Bay community is to thank...so THANK YOU!!!!!
But, community support is still vital, so log on to www.GoUSABid.com/TampaBay and join the movement to bring this prestigious event to Tampa Bay and to the United States.
Thanks again everyone. See you back here soon for updates about great things to do in Tampa Bay and awesome Tampa Bay area events. Plus...more updates as they come in about the World Cup.
Hey gang! Travis here with some very, very exciting news! You may or may not have heard that Tampa Bay is one of 27 finalist potential host cities for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid.
I'll give you a second to stop jumping up and down like we were! Ok, now is where we need your help to make this happen!
The USA Bid Committee has setup a website so that fans from these final 27 cities can show why they should be a host cities for the games should we win the bid in 2018 or 2022!
All you have to do is visit our Tampa Bay GO USA Bid site and sign the petition to show your support for Tampa Bay! Plus, tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and even people you don't like so we can get to 50,000 signatures!
Log on to www.GoUSABid.com/TampaBay and join the movement!
Oh, in case hosting the event isn't motivation enough, consider this - the USA Bid Committee has indicated that an FIFA World Cup™ in the United States in 2018 or 2022 would expect to realize an economic impact of $100 MILLION PER GAME. PLUS, the overall impact of $6.4 billion for the FIFA World Cup™ would be the most ever realized for a sporting event anywhere in the world.
So, get out there and start telling people! We'll be checking back in with updates about how many votes we have...so stay tuned!
and as always, keep checking back for more information about this and other Tampa Bay area events and other great things to do in Tampa Bay!
Hey gang! Travis here with a request for help from everyone. In case you haven't heard, Tampa Bay has submitted a bid to the USA Bid Committee host the FIFA World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. Well, Tampa has made it to the final round of 27 cities that could potentially host one of the round in either of those years.
But, the USA Bid Committee needs the support from communities like Tampa Bay in order to secure this bid. In addition to the United States, 12 other countries are vying for the next available World Cup in 2018. The FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, is currently deciding which nations will host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and now is the time to show your support.
The USA Bid Committee has created a petition campaign to help show the level of dedication our nation has to hosting the FIFA World Cup™.
So, log on to http://gousabid.com/petition to show your support and help bring the FIFA World Cup™ back to the USA, and to our home here in Tampa Bay!
We need EVERYONE'S help to make this happen, so spread the word, pass it along, share it with some friends, coworkers and even people you may not like so we can bring this HUGE event to Tampa Bay for the first time.
This is some Tampa Bay entertainment that everyone would enjoy in some way or another. And during the time it would be here, you wouldn't be searching for any other things to do in Tampa Bay...I promise!