TAMPA, Fla. — The United States men’s national team takes on Colombia at Raymond James Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The 23-man roster called up by U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan is full of young players, with a couple veterans — midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan — mixed in. The average age of the roster is about 24 years old. Key players Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams are not playing due to injuries.
The match comes exactly one year after the U.S. crashed out of World Cup qualifying with an Oct. 10, 2017, loss to Trinidad & Tobago.
Sarachan said he’s proud of the growth he’s seen over the last year, and though the job is “by no means finished,” a clear identity has formed with this group of “fresh, new faces.”
“It’s a broad statement, but in the years that we’ve all followed the national team through many cycles, the takeaway usually is: When you see the U.S. play, you see a team that is organized, that competes and plays without a lot of hesitancy or fear of many opponents,” Saracham said. “One of the things that I and the staff have tried to continually harp on with this young group is to check all those same boxes.”
Here is everything you need to know before the match:
12 p.m. – Ticket Office (in between Gates C & D) opens
3:30 p.m. – Parking lots open, Fan HQ Tampa opens
6 p.m. – Gates open (A – D)
7 p.m. — Pregame show begins on FS1
7:30 p.m. — Kickoff
How to watch
TV: FS1, Univision and UDN will broadcast the match
Streaming: FOX Sports Go, Univision NOW, fuboTV (Free Trial)
Radio: Univision Deportes radio
Lineups (updated at 6:55 p.m. ET)
Rise up for the 🔴⚪️&🔵.
The #USMNT XI is here.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) October 11, 2018
— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) October 11, 2018
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Tailgating is allowed in the stadium’s parking lots. Here are the rules, per US Soccer:
“Please respect fellow fans by only occupying one 10’x 24′ parking spot; saving spaces is not permitted. Tailgating should only take place directly behind each fan’s own vehicle. Blocking other spots, walkways, any aisle ways with tents, trailers, chairs, coolers or barbecues is not allowed. Please leave room in driveways for emergency response vehicles.”
More than 30,000 tickets are already sold, nearing the 31,547 record attendance for a U.S. Soccer match at Raymond James Stadium.
There are plenty of tickets still available through Ticketmaster for between $40-$150. You can also call (800) 745-3000 or purchase at the stadium.
Note: Tickets for this match are mobile-only tickets. No paper tickets or printable .PDF files will be issued. QR codes (mobile barcodes) will be available for download immediately following purchase. U.S. Soccer “highly recommends that fans download their tickets and save to their phone (i.e. Passbook, Apple Wallet, screenshot, etc.) prior to arriving to the stadium.”
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