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Tickets to U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier vs. Costa Rica on sale Sept. 10

Washington, D.C. (September 2, 2009) - D.C. United announced today tickets to the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Costa Rica to be held at RFK Stadium on October 14 will go on sale Thursday, Sept. 10. Prior to public sale, D.C. United plan holders will have a priority window to purchase tickets to the World Cup qualifier on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4.

United fans will be able to order during the priority window by calling the D.C. United offices at 202-587-5000 or by following an online order form they will receive in an email from their United sales representative on Thursday morning. Individuals wishing to purchase advance tickets prior to public sale may become United plan holders by purchasing a ticket plan via dcunited.com or by calling 202-587-5000.

Advance tickets starting at $35 are available beginning next Thursday (Sept. 10) at 12 p.m. ET online at ussoccer.com, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328)). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.

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 will take place from Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. ET until Thursday, Sept. 10, at 8 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.

The USA’s final home qualifying match, which will close out the 10-game final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, will be televised on ESPN2 and Galavision. Kickoff for the match will be determined at a later date, as all of the CONCACAF qualifying matches that day must kick off at the same time. In the teams’ first meeting during the final round of qualifying, the U.S. fell 3-1 to Costa Rica on June 3 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.

RFK Stadium has hosted the national team 18 times, and has been the site of 12 U.S. wins - more than any stadium in the world. Overall, the U.S. is 12-3-4 on East Capitol Street. The most recent victory came in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a 2-0 win against Honduras on July 8 in Group B, with goals from Santino Quaranta and Brian Ching.

The U.S. is in the midst of the final round of qualifying and will face El Salvador at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. The team will then travel to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where the U.S. will face Trinidad & Tobago at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Hasely Crawford Stadium, live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. ESPN Classic will air a pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, and at U.S. Soccer’s Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/ussoccer .

Prior to hosting Costa Rica at RFK Stadium, the U.S. will begin the double fixture date away to Honduras, where they will face the Catrachos in San Pedro Sula on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440