Stage is set for globe’s premier pre-World Cup soccer event; schedule announced for Road to Brazil matches across the United States

Feb 28, 2014

The schedule and venues are set for the 2014 Road to Brazil series of matches that will take place across the United States from May 29 to June 7 when six countries make final preparations just days prior to heading to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Washington D.C. area will host both the first and last of the seven matches, including a highly-anticipated doubleheader Saturday, June 7 featuring defending World Cup champions Spain and local favorite, the national team of El Salvador. Immediately following the match, Major League Soccer’s D.C. United and Columbus Crew will face off in an Eastern Conference regular season match.  The full 2014 Road to Brazil schedule is below.

BBVA Compass Stadium will host Honduras vs. Israel on Sunday, June 1.  Tickets for the Road to Brazil match will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 17 and will be available online at www.bbvacompassstadium.com, www.axs.com or by calling 888-929-7849.  Tickets will also be available at the Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Road to Brazil, organized by Soccer United Marketing, MLS’ commercial arm, will be played at five MLS venues – D.C. United’s RFK Stadium, Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park, FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium and New York Red Bulls’ Red Bull Arena.

Ten countries will participate in the Road to Brazil series of matches, representing four continents – Europe, Africa, North America and South America. World Cup-bound teams include the following: from Europe, defending champion Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece; representing Africa are the African Cup of Nations champion Nigeria and powerhouse Ivory Coast; and Honduras from CONCACAF. The national teams of Bolivia, El Salvador Israel and Turkey will also participate.

Road to Brazil will feature players from some of the top leagues from around the world, including the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Campeonato Brasileiro and MLS.

Kick off times for all matches will be announced at a later date. For more information about Road to Brazil visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/roadtobrazil.

2014 Road to Brazil Schedule

Thurs., May 29

Turkey vs. Honduras

RFK Stadium

Washington D.C.

Fri., May 30

Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Ivory Coast

Edward Jones Dome

St. Louis, MO

Sun., June 1

Honduras vs. Israel

BBVA Compass Stadium

Houston, Texas

Tues., June 3

Greece vs. Nigeria

PPL Park

Chester, Pa

Wed., June 4

Ivory Coast vs. El Salvador

Toyota Stadium

Frisco, Texas

Fri., June 6

Greece vs. Bolivia

Red Bull Arena

Harrison, N.J.

Sat., June 7

Spain vs. El Salvadorand D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew*

FedExField

Landover, Md.

* MLS regular season match

About BBVA Compass Stadium

BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district.  With its downtown location, the new stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.

About Soccer United Marketing

Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico’s most popular sports team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).

In 2009, SUM announced the creation of the MLS Digital Properties, the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., and which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorships campaigns. These global properties are represented by SUM’s slogan: One Sport. One Company. ™ For more information, please visitwww.SUMworld.com.

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