(UPDATE 9/21/15) The United States Men’s National Soccer Team is currently preparing for one of their main focuses of the year, when USA will get the chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The stage is set for the U-23 Men’s National team who will be placed in group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship that will kick off on October 1 in Kansas City. USMNT’s first opponent of the tournament will be Canada as the US team will also be going up against Cuba and Panama in the Olympic Qualifying tournament. The USMNT will have to reach the final to guarantee a spot in the 2016 Olympics as anything outside of a top three finish in the tournament will abruptly end the USMNT’s hope of glory in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics.
Following the Olympic Qualifying tournament, USMNT will have another big game on their hands when they go against this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Mexico, who earned a one game playoff with the United States that will determine just which team will get the chance to play against the best teams in the world in the in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup just a year before the World Cup. The match will be held on October 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The opening game in the Olympic Qualifying tournament on October 1 at the Sporting Park in Kansas City against Canada has US Soccer tickets going for an average price of $54.30 on the secondary market, with the cheapest ticket to get in priced at $27. In fact, USMNT team’s opening game tickets against Canada is the cheapest of the tournament in the resale market which also features the game between Panama vs Cuba.
The US team is full of young talent but also mixed in with group of experienced players that have been brought up in the US Soccer Youth National Team program. This will be the team’s biggest tournament yet as the US failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. However, this new team is very confident after playing together in a little more than a year.
Another the conclusion of the Olympic tournament, USMNT will focus on it’s playoff showdown with Mexico on October 10 at the Rose Bowl that can define just how well the United States will do in the upcoming World Cup. The winner of this game will get the much needed experience against the best teams in the world for 2017 FIFA Federations Cup in Russia to see how they stack up against the best teams just a year before the World Cup.
A capacity crowd is expected for the United States vs Mexico at the Rose Bowl with US vs Mexico tickets on the secondary market averaging $244.57, with the least expensive ticket to get in priced at $115.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Charlie Horton (Leeds; Cleveland Ohio), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (5): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wis.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).
FORWARDS (4): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Maki Tall (FC Sion; Washington, D.C.).
USMNT Tickets Finding Healthy Secondary Market Demand for Upcoming International Friendlies, FIFA Confederations Cup Playoff
(UPDATE 8/14/15) The next two months will be a busy time for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, who set to play a pair of international friendlies with Peru and Brazil in September before taking on Mexico in the FIFA Confederations Cup Playoff in October. The team is still relishing from an early exit in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July after failing to reach the tournament’s Final match for the first time since 2003. However, a sense of optimism still exists for their upcoming games throughout the country, and secondary market ticket demand remains relatively strong.
The first international friendly will be played against Peru at RFK Stadium in D.C. on September 8. According to TicketIQ the match will be the cheapest of the trio, with United States vs Peru tickets owning a secondary average of $105.25 and a $30 get-in price.
Despite the lower ticket prices, fans shouldn’t expect the same dropoff in the level of play on the field. RFK Stadium is widely considered the country’s most coveted venue for soccer matches and has hosted the USMNT more times than any other arena in the world. With D.C. United expected to move out in 2017, the September match with Peru may be one of the last times the USMNT will play in the beloved venue.
Four days later on September 8, the team will take on Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game will be the more expensive of the pair of international friendlies, as United States vs Brazil tickets average $128.21 on the secondary market. Fans hoping to just get in will find a get-in price of $37. That is a significant deal, considering the face value of the cheapest ticket is $75.
The USMNT will then travel across the country to face Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on October 10. Serving as a playoff for a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the match has garnered the most expensive ticket average among all three upcoming matches on the secondary market. The average secondary price for United States vs Mexico tickets is $377.56 and get-in price starts at $171. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets soon, however, as inventory continues to thin with less than two months remaining.
Two More Friendlies Added To USWNT Victory Tour.
(UPDATE 8/10/15) Two more friendlies have been announced for the USWNT victory tour. Both will come in October against Brazil. The first will come in Seattle at CenturyLink Field on October 21. The USWNT has not played in Seattle since a Women’s Cold Cup match at Safeco Field back in 2002. The second match will come on at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on October 25. Both venues match the massive stadiums the USWNT is playing earlier in the tour at Heinz Field and Ford Field. No information is currently available for US Soccer tickets for these two new matches.
US Soccer Friendlies Have Big Impact On Future Play.
The United States might not have won the Gold Cup, or even made the championship game, but that won’t be the end of US soccer this year. The US will start with an international friendly against Peru at RFK Stadium on September 4. That match currently has an average of $110.82 and a get-in price of $36. Four days later, the US will face Brazil in another friendly at Gillette Stadium. The current average price for that match is the most expensive of the two friendlies at $140.24 and a get-in price of $56.
While the friendlies will bring the team through September, the month of October will start some international games that will matter a bit more. On October 9, the US will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup Playoff match. By not making the Gold Cup final, the US needs to win the playoff against Mexico to claim a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup. That match will be held at the Rose Bowl, but there is currently very limited inventory on the secondary market. Only 20 US vs Mexico tickets are currently listed, as there’s no public information about tickets being released at this time.
The Confederations Cup is big, but a World Cup qualifying match in November could be bigger. While the opponent is unknown, the US will play a qualifier on November 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The current average price for US World Cup qualifying match tickets is $186.18 with a get-in price of $69.
Friendlies won’t just be played by the USMNT in the fall. The USWMT will be making multiple stops on their World Cup victory tour. There are currently four friendlies scheduled, but against two opponents, Costa Rica and Australia. The overall average for USWNT tickets across the four matches is $94.55. That average is brought down by the first game against Costa Rica at Heinz Field on August 16. That match currently has an average of $75.37 with a get-in price of $33. Three days later the US will play Costa Rica again, this time at Finley Stadium in Tennessee. The current average there is $105.24 with a get-in price of $32.
Both matches against Australia, a country in the US’s group during the World Cup, are the two most expensive of the four. A September 17 match at Ford Field has an average of $106.64, while US vs Australia tickets on September 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham have an average of $109.23 and a get-in price of $35.