Fans invited to US Soccer training session
The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team is inviting fans to attend a public training session from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will address the crowd prior to the session.
The training session, a day before Team USA takes on Venezuela in an international friendly at University of Phoenix Stadium, is free and open to the public. Fans who would like to attend the session are requested to register on the U.S. soccer web site. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members must RSVP here by Jan. 18 to reserve premium Supporters Club seating. For more information on National Team public training events, go to the Fan Zone at ussoccer.com.
The Jan. 21 game against Venezuela will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout metropolitan Phoenix (including Fry’s Marketplace), as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). The ticket office will be open an extra hour after the public training, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.
The U.S. roster (click here) is composed of domestic-based players, most of whom play for Major League Soccer teams, who are participating in the team's January training camp. The team includes former Mountain Pointe High School star Brad Evans, a 26-year-old midfielder with the Seattle Sounders.
The team will follow the Venezuela game by traveling to Panama City, Panama, for a friendy against Panama on Jan. 25.
"It's very important that we start the year off in the right way with a good training camp and two challenging games," Klinsmann said. "We are going to continue to increase the demands on the players and have them develop a better understanding of how we want to play. Venezuela has done well to start World Cup qualifying and they earned a big victory against Argentina. Panama is a team the players know well from teh GOld Cup, and we think traveling tp Central America before qualifying is important to give them a taste of what the environment will be like there."
U.S. Soccer will send out additional information about the session, stadium access points, parking, etc., via email 24 hours prior to the event to those who RSVP.