Random draw will be used for public pre-sale of tickets to USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier

Random draw will be used for public pre-sale of tickets to USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier

U.S. Soccer

Random draw will be used for public pre-sale of tickets to USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier

DaMarcus Beasley, Jesus Zavala

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer is making a radical change to the process by which tickets for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in September are acquired, and it could mean needing a little bit of luck to secure your place at Crew Stadium for the World Cup qualifying showdown.

U.S. Soccer announced that tickets will be made available to the general public on Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m., with the ticket sales ending on July 22 at 11:59pm. Buyers will be able to request a maximum of four tickets, and after buyers have completed their ticket entries, a lottery will decide who receives tickets to the match on September 10 at Crew Stadium.

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members do not have to take part in the random draw, and are eligible for an exclusive pre-sale, but will be limited to purchasing a maximum of four tickets. The tickets available to the U.S. Supporters Club will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. It should be noted that the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club pre-sale is not the same thing as the American Outlaws pre-sale, which is drawn from a different ticket pool.

The new procedure for handling of the public pre-sale is being implemented in order to try and prevent excessive numbers of tickets making their way into the scalper market.

U.S. Soccer also added that Visa cardholders could request tickets in a special presale between July 18 at 10am and July 19 at 2am, due to Visa being an official sponsor of U.S. Soccer.

The federation is also working with the Columbus Crew to try and add additional seating to the capacity 20,145 stadium in central Ohio.

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