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FirstEnergy Stadium to host U.S. Men's Soccer Team

Posted Mar 14, 2013

FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns will host the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's game against Belgium on May 29.

FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, will be the site for an international soccer match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Belgium on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

“We are extremely excited that FirstEnergy Stadium was selected as the site for an event which will have a tremendous amount of national and international interest,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “The opportunity to host a match like this will give soccer fans who make the trip to Cleveland a chance to see all of the great things that our city has to offer.”

Tickets for the match will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prior to the public on sale, Browns Season Ticket Holders will have an opportunity to purchase tickets, starting this Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. and running through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster centers throughout metro Cleveland (including many Giant Eagle locations), as well as the FirstEnergy Stadium ticket office, which is located on the south side of FirstEnergy Stadium, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 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 that 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 Monday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET and runs until Tuesday, March 19, at 8:00 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.

This will mark the third time the city of Cleveland has hosted a U.S. Men’s National Team match and the first since May 26, 2006. In that contest, which was also held at FirstEnergy Stadium, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Venezuela, 2-0, in the second stage of the Send-Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The team’s first match in Cleveland came on May 21, 1994, as they were defeated by Bayern Munich, 3-2, at Municipal Stadium.

This year’s contest marks the fifth meeting between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Belgium, with each of the previous four taking place on foreign soil. Belgium holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 1-0 victory on September 6, 2011, in their last meeting.

The match against Belgium kicks off a packed summer for the National Team, which will play in three FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

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