Sunday, July 10, 2011

Team USA to face Mexico at the Linc

CHICAGO (July 8, 2011) — The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue their long-running rivalry against Mexico when they face off Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

Kickoff for the teams’ first meeting in a friendly since 2008 is set for 9 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

The regional rivals are coming off a meeting in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final where Mexico scored four unanswered goals to defeat the U.S. 4-2 in front of more than 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Tickets starting at $38 go on sale to the public Friday, July 15, at 10 a.m. ET through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley (including Walmart and Boscov’s) and the Lincoln Financial Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290.

“We’re thrilled that fans in Philadelphia will have a chance to witness this special rivalry,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “A match between the United States and Mexico inspires a lot of passion from both sides and creates an outstanding atmosphere in the stadium. These types of games are great experiences for our players, and we look forward to the challenge.”

The match on Aug. 10 will mark the 59th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-32-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-8-9 advantage in home matches since 1957.

Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 31 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-10-8 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years. 

The U.S. National Team will return to Philadelphia for only the third time since 1992, with Lincoln Financial Field serving as a magnificent host on two occasions. Most recently, the USA came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory against Turkey in front of a raucous crowd of 55,407 fans who witnessed the team’s final match before departing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  A year earlier, the U.S. sealed a 2-1 overtime victory against Panama in the quarterfinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in front of another heavily partisan U.S. crowd.

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