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Fuel Soccer Talk: USA vs. Mexico at MetLife in September; US sixth at IFCPF World Cup; U.S. Open Cup semifinals set

Men’s Soccer: USA-Mexico take the pitch in the Big Apple Sept. 6

The region’s biggest rivalry heads to the Big Apple on Sept. 6 for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will host the clash of Concacaf titans, with coverage on FS1, Univision and TUDN beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 70th edition of the series will be a rematch of the recent Concacaf Gold Cup Final and comes just prior to the start of the Concacaf Nations League for both teams, adding additional spice to an encounter that should feature many of the next generation of stars for the MNT and El Tri.

The sides last met on July 7, a 1-0 victory for Mexico in the Final of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Groups of 30 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com starting on Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m. ET.

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.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

US Para 7-a-Side finish sixth at 2019 IFCPF World Cup

SEVILLA, Spain – In a rematch of the teams’ group stage opener, the U.S. Para 7-a-Side National Team fell to Iran, 4-3, in overtime of the Fifth Place match at the 2019 IFCPF World Cup. The USA defeated Iran on July 8, 3-2, en route to a first-place finish in group play of a world championship tournament for the first time in program history. The sixth place finish is the second highest for the USA at a world finals, coming on the heels of a FIFTH place finish at the 2017 World Championships.

In match played in blazing sun and mid-90s heat on artificial turf, Iran jumped on the USA with a goal in the first minute when Shahab Rahimikandoleh placed a shot from the top of the arc past Sean Boyle’s diving attempt.

The USA evend the match 10 minutes later. Nick Mayhugh played a ball to Cameron DeLillo inside the box, and with his back to goal, DeLillo turned on his mark before shooting. The Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Zare got his hands on the shot, but Mayhugh was there to put away the rebound for his 11th goal of the tournament.

Orlando, Minnesota to host Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal games Aug. 6

CHICAGO – The Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts and hosting priority for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final resulted in Orlando City SC winning the right to host Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Semifinal on Aug. 6, while Minnesota United FC will open their doors to the Portland Timbers in the Western Semifinal the next evening.

Immediately after the Semifinal hosts were confirmed, the Draw to determine the hosting priority for the 2019 U.S. Open Cup Final was held. All four potential Finalists were drawn at random to set the priority ranking. Atlanta United has first priority to host the Final on Aug. 27 or 28 should they advance. Second Priority went to Minnesota United, followed by Orlando City and, in last spot, Portland, who will not be eligible to host the Final.

Of the four teams still in contention, only Portland has previously reached the Semifinal stage of the competition, doing so in 2013 but ultimately losing out to Real Salt Lake. With Atlanta United on the other side of the bracket, the 2019 U.S. Open Cup Final has the potential to be a rematch of the 2018 MLS Cup Final that pitted the Timbers against the Five Stripes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Georgia club will first have to navigate a regional derby against Orlando, while the Timbers square off against Minnesota in what has been an historically even series – the teams are 2-2-0 against one another in four all-time meetings – and should be an even matchup this time around as well.

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