On April 5, exactly one century ago, the United States of America Football Association was launched at the Astor House Hotel in New York. The names may have changed over the years, but the national governing body’s mission has remained the same. Today, U.S. Soccer as it’s now known, continues to chase the worldwide popularity of the sport, but has certainly advanced leaps-and-bounds since its inauguration 100 years ago.
As a result, plenty of opportunities are available this year alone for fans to attend high-profile matches stateside. The U.S. Men’s National Team has several clashes on the horizon that are crucial to the squad’s advancement into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Next on the slate will be friendlies against Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 29, and versus Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., on June 2. From there, the men will head to Jamaica on June 7 for a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match, before traveling to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., to host Panama on June 11 and Honduras on June 18 at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Fans can find USA Soccer tickets for both men’s and women’s U.S. National Team matches in the Vivid Seats marketplace.
Although it’s not quite as old and established as the U.S. national teams, Major League Soccer will be bringing plenty of action across the country for its 18th season this spring and summer. The Los Angeles Galaxy might be short David Beckham, who left after helping the Galaxy earn their second title in a row last year, but they’re still expected to be one of the top teams for the 2013 season. Through roughly one month of the regular season, FC Dallas leads the Western Conference, and the Montreal Impact is holding down first in the Eastern Conference, but every match counts—and you can see them live with MLS tickets on sale throughout the year and into the postseason as well.
To top off the summer soccer fun, the world’s best player, Argentinean Lionel Messi, will be making a stop in the U.S. this summer with a handful of other world-class athletes for the “Messi and Friends vs. the World 2013” exhibition. In the World Cup, fans get to see the world’s best players compete in games at different times, but for this game, Messi will be joined by 36 of the top players in the world for one all-star game taking place on July 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Fans can expect to see the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Pablo Aimar, Diego Lugano, Jonathan dos Santos and Thierry Henry with Vivid Seats’ extensive selection of Messi and Friends vs. The World tickets for this much-buzzed about event.