When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the vast of majority of the 93,420 fans were rooting for Mexico. The USA quickly went ahead 2-0, but roared on by the crowd El
Tri stormed back for a 4-2 win in what would be Bob Bradley
's final game as U.S. national team head coach. In an effort to have a more even split for the Oct.
10 winner-take-all playoff at the Rose Bowl to determine the Concacaf representative in the 2017 Confederations Cup, both the USA and Mexico will be given an equal share of tickets to sell to their
U.S. Soccer will hold a sales process covering two stages for its allotment of tickets to the much-anticipated showdown. Supporters club members and other members of the U.S. Soccer
community will have an opportunity to purchase tickets from the allotment and will be seated in designated U.S. fan sections. In early September, these supporters will receive information directly
from U.S. Soccer via email about the ticket purchasing process (up to six tickets per household on a first-come, first-served basis). Remaining tickets after the priority sales process will then be
made available to the general public.
The Mexican federation will have its own sales process for its third of the tickets.
Concacaf will also conduct an online lottery for
the third share. Beginning on Sept. 9, fans will be able to apply at concacaf.com for the right to purchase tickets. The winning applicants will be notified by Sept. 18, when they will be able to
select specific seating preferences (also limit six tickets per household).
A limited amount of tickets will be made available to the general public on Sept. 29. More information will be
released at a later date.
"The playoff for CONCACAF's spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is one of the biggest matches the confederation has ever put on," Concacaf acting secretary
general Ted Howard
said in a release. "The magnitude of the match and excitement from each nation’s fans tells us that the atmosphere in the Rose Bowl
will match the quality on display on the field."
In preparation for the Oct. 10 showdown, the USA will host a pair of friendlies against Peru, who finished in third place in the 2015 Copa
America, on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C., and Brazil four days later at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Mexico will play Trinidad & Tobago in Sandy, Utah, and Argentina in Arlington,
The U.S. roster for the friendlies will be named Sunday. The Mexico team under interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti
released on Thursday.