US to Play China in San Jose

US to Play China in San Jose

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 27, 2007
  • 4 Comments

Hot off the press. The US will play China in a friendly in San Jose on June 2nd. This is a game basically to prepare for Gold Cup and Copa America. I like that the US is going back to a market that the MLS is currently on hiatus with. I expect a good crowd there as that city is pushing for a rebirth of their MLS club.

I didn’t have a link since the article was emailed to me, so I will just paste it here:

CHICAGO (February 27, 2007) The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to the Bay Area on June 2, 2007, to take on China at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and will be available to fans online via ussoccer.com‘s MatchTracker.

One year after topping Japan, 3-2, in San Francisco, the U.S. will play in Spartan Stadium for the first time in four years in the team’s final friendly before the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2007 Copa America.

“The match against China is an excellent lead in to the Gold Cup,” said U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley. “The fans in San Jose, and the Bay Area in general, have always been extremely supportive, and we’re looking forward to getting our busy summer schedule underway with a good warm up for our regional championship.”

The June 2 match will be the eighth meeting between the U.S. and China, and the hosts hold a 4-1-2 record vs. their guests. Three of the last seven meetings between the U.S. and China have been in the Bay Area, with the last meeting coming six years ago on Jan. 27, 2001, in Oakland as the U.S. won 2-1 on a Brian McBride goal and a China own goal. The U.S. also played China in San Francisco on Oct. 16, 1977 (2-1 W), and in Palo Alto on April 4, 1992 (5-0 W). In seven meetings, the U.S. has outscored China 13-6.

Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-2 record at Spartan Stadium and a 9-6-3 record in the Bay Area including last year’s victory vs. Japan on goals by Taylor Twellman, Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey. The last appearance at Spartan Stadium was a 2-0 victory over Wales on May 23, 2003, on goals by Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan.

TICKET INFORMATION:
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. China

Saturday, June 2, 2007 5:00 p.m. PT
Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)
Buy now at Ticketmaster.com

Prices: $85 – Prime Midfield; $60 – Midfield; $48 – Sidelines; $33 – Corners; $22 – Endlines.

Your presale starts Wednesday, February 28, at 10 a.m. PT; ends Wednesday, February 28, at 11 p.m. PT.

Private sale is only available online at: ticketmaster.com

Your password: MEMBERSHIP

Public sale begins Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, all San Jose area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ritmo Latino and FYE) and via phone at 408-998-8497.

Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290 or obtaining a group order form at ussoccer.com.

Tickets are sold on a first-come–first-serve basis and are available for a limited time. All prices listed do not include convenience and handling charges (which will be added through Ticketmaster).

Thank you for supporting U.S. Soccer!

Again, I love that the USSF is going back to San Jose for this game. Its very important to get a club back in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Gerrards Doub

    I think it's pointless to play China and pointless playing another home fixture, time for the U.S. to step up and stop being wrapped in cotton wool, they'll never progress unless they are put under pressure by good opposition in conditions that aren't always favorable.

  • Jeff Bull

    I'm glad to see someone else found the same angle this <a href="http://itsasimplegame.blogspot.com/2007/02/china-china-psstthink-location.html&quot; target="_blank">as I did</a> – e.g. the location. Otherwise, there's not much to get excited about.

  • I think it’s pointless to play China and pointless playing another home fixture, time for the U.S. to step up and stop being wrapped in cotton wool, they’ll never progress unless they are put under pressure by good opposition in conditions that aren’t always favorable.

  • I’m glad to see someone else found the same angle this as I did – e.g. the location. Otherwise, there’s not much to get excited about.