USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets

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 fans.

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 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, Texas.

The U.S. roster for the friendlies will be named Sunday. The Mexico team under interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti was released on Thursday.
17 comments about "USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets".
  1. J Sagett, August 28, 2015 at 10:29 a.m.

    Wait, this is to be a "home" match, and we're giving half the tickets to the visiting side? Why not just play at Azteca and be done with it?

  2. Paul Levy, August 28, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.

    No, it's not a "home" match; it's a one-off, winner take all match. But even so I think it will be a substantial challenge for US Soccer to fill half the Rose Bowl with US supporters

  3. Ed Arvizo, August 28, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.

    Really Paul? You do not think there are 50,000 US supporters willing to go to that game. If that is the case then my family will easily be able to get tickets. My prediction is that when the tickets go on sale they will be sold out the same day if not within hours of going on sale to the general public. Please do not watch the game on TV since you are not a supporter of the USA.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, August 28, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.

    Ed, I hope you are Right... It's time for 50k USA fans to "Stand Up for America"...But, if this occurs, This will be the Event that will put Trump "Over the Top" with American Voters...Riots Inside and Outside the Stadium, Total Chaos on the Pitch...If the Democratic Mayor of LA is smart, they will send Massive Riot Squad

  5. Ric Fonseca, August 28, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

    Hola Santiago 1314, your "over the top enthusiasm" displayed in your above comments, leaves a lot to be desired, though I trust and hope it was said with tongue in cheek, or would you rather just have los Mexicanos be the majority present at the R Bowl??? Hey maybe we should start an on-line "dump el chump trompudo," movement, Oh wait, this supposed to be a sports blog, nor politics.... btw, tongue in cheek...

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, August 28, 2015 at 6:12 p.m.

    No es Broma... si Viene 50k Gringos y 50k Mejicanos, gonna be lots of Fights, especially if USA is Winning...Mark my Words

  7. D A, August 28, 2015 at 3:33 p.m.

    I cannot recall any game in Southern California in the last 25 years where 50,000 USA fans showed up -- OK, maybe the 2 USA WC games at the Rose Bowl in '94. And I've been going to USA-Mexico games in So Cal since 1994, and I don't think USA fans have ever comprised more than 15-20% of the crowd at these games. Given the ticket allocation system for this game, I'm hoping we'll at least get 30-40% of the crowd.

  8. Kent James replied, August 28, 2015 at 5:24 p.m.

    Since we only get allocated a third of the seats, I think your estimate is realistic. But I'm hoping people in the region will make an effort to support the US, and push us up to the high end of the scale. It should not be a home game (since I don't think either team should have an advantage), and given the strong Mexican support in Southern Cal, it is appropriate it is played in LA. Now its up to the US fans to show their support!

  9. Mario Araujo, August 28, 2015 at 5:31 p.m.

    USA fan support has been growing. I remember the USA vs Mexico game when it was difficult to even find any fans in the stadium at all. Now there is a significant number attending the games but Mexican fans are more passionate about the games than the US fans. I am surprised that my son a 3rd generation Mexican American supports Mexico over the USA. I guess it is just a tradition passed on in every generation. I can assure you that when the tickets become available we will buy some for our whole 3 generations and all of us will attend.

  10. R2 Dad, August 28, 2015 at 11:13 p.m.

    Aren't Los Angelenos the very same fans who show up during the 3rd inning at Dodgers/Angels games and leave in the 7th? This does not bode well for the USMNT but Garber only cares about the money. If this is supposed to be a neutral match, why isn't it being held in Canada? The important metric for this match will be, Which team's supports will shower the field with garbage? Welcome to Azteca Norte, JK, hope you don't get showered with bags of urine.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, August 30, 2015 at 11:47 a.m.

    Choked on my Cheerios on that thought!!.. jajaja..Azteca Norte..Excellente.. I'm gonna use that one. .

  12. schultz rockne, August 29, 2015 at 9:54 p.m.

    Am so very curious how some of the venues during the Gold Cup handled these garbage-launching 'supporters.' Arrests? Lifetime bans? Turning a blind eye to certain 'ethnic' (ala FIFA) heathens? Haven't heard a thing. Well, get ready, Rose Bowl...when the U.S. goes up 3-1 late...SWAT.

  13. Santiago 1314 replied, August 30, 2015 at 12:02 p.m.

    I Vote that it was "Turning a Blind eye" to Fifas "Ethnics"...

  14. Chris Sapien , August 31, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

    So, since everyone has a take on this match, I encourage all of you to seek out your nearest American Outlaw Chapter and help us continue to make a difference!! There are more than 179 Chapters across the country and we're nearly 40K strong, so rather than hope for this or that, be a part of making it happen. I have 27 caps and have traveled as far as Jamaica twice for WCQ in '12 & '13! There are too many advantages to membership that I won't get into here, but I already have 12 tickets for the match through AO, and I damn well am doing my part to make sure the Bowl is a sea of Red, White and Blue! The atrocious stories of how mex "fans" behaved from friends of mine who were at the '11 final, are disgusting, and will not be tolerated any longer if I have any say in it.

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, August 31, 2015 at 10:12 p.m.

    Let me know how it works out for you... I'll be Praying for a Peaceful exhibition of THE BEAUTIFUL GAME..

  16. R2 Dad, August 31, 2015 at 10:37 p.m.

    No one seems too concerned about Mexico. Is this because everyone is expecting a repeat of the 2013 El Tri because they don't have a coach? Who IS their coach these days?

  17. Santiago 1314, August 31, 2015 at 11:03 p.m.

    Mexico looks to be getting a Strong Squad together under "Tuco" Ferretti...Except they didn't include Gio for the practice games...And they brought in Rafa as the Geriatric Sweeper...He's Gonna need a Wheelchair to get across the field.!!!

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