At 8 p.m. on May 30, “football” of an international definition and proportion will be played on the pitch at FedExField, as the USA Men’s National Team hosts five-time World Cup champion Brazil.
The match, in which both teams’ “A” squads are scheduled to appear, will feature U.S. mainstays Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard. Brazilian stars include Neymar, Dani Alves, Robinho and David Luiz.**
Both teams are halfway towards preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and will look to build on recent success. To this point, neither team has lost a match in 2012.
The game will also mark the first time the United States Men’s Team will play at FedExField. They will look to break the stranglehold that Team Brazil has on this series, as Team USA has not beaten Brazil since 1998–a span of eight games.
This is the third time in four years the Washington Redskins will host an international match. In 2011, FedExField hosted the highest-attended soccer game ever in the D.C. area when 81,807 fans watched Manchester United defeat Barcelona, 2-1. In 2009, 72,368 fans saw Real Madrid beat D.C. United, 3-0.
With a sellout at FedExField, this game has the opportunity to be the highest-attended USA Men’s game since June of last year at the Rose Bowl. It could also be the highest-attended USA-Brazil game ever.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. ET through www.TICKETMASTER.com, Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia region.
Redskins’ suite and premium season ticket holders enjoy a right of first refusal for the match. They will be notified in the near future regarding their opportunity to purchase tickets. Redskins’ general admission ticket holders and Redskins’ Wait List members, as well as D.C. United and Baltimore Blast season ticket holders will also be able to purchase tickets in the presale.
And just remember soccer fans, that contrary to international elitist belief, the game was originally called “soccer,” not “football.” So the next time someone chastises you for your silly American name for the game, just remind that person that you’re actually quite proper.