TAMPA, Fla. - Sunday’s crowd at the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game at Raymond James Stadium will be the largest ever for a U.S. Soccer event in the Bay Area as more than 26,000 tickets have been sold.

The match is also shaping up to be the second largest crowd for a U.S. MNT friendly match in Florida, and the largest since 30,386 saw the U.S. play the Commonwealth of Independent States in Miami more than 15 years ago. The previous largest crowd in the Bay Area was 22,647 on March 10, 1990.

Tickets starting at $18 are still available for purchase through, all Bay Area Ticketmaster outlets (including the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa Theater, the USF Sun Dome, and FYE stores) and by phone at 813-287-8844. The box office at Raymond James Stadium will also be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Fans with tickets at will call can pick them up at the box office during the listed hours.

The game is part of a doubleheader that features the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team taking on the El Salvador Under-17 MNT at 9:15 a.m. as fans will get a rare sneak peak at the next generation of U.S. Soccer stars. Parking lots open at 8 a.m. and gates to the stadium open at 9 a.m. Fans are reminded that there is no re-entry into the stadium.

Soccer fans from 37 states and the District of Columbia, five countries and three continents have purchased tickets to the match. More than 350 tickets were also sold to Sam’s Army, the vocal U.S. supporter’s group that attends every U.S. game.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley brought the strongest U.S. roster available with 11 players from the 2006 FIFA World Cup roster including Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley, Clint Dempsey and many more. Ecuador also brought a strong roster, calling in 11 players as well that helped the South American side reach the Round of 16.

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