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June 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

U.S. Soccer planning events and activities leading into Tuesday’s qualifier

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgAs we know by now, the U.S. men’s national team will be hosting Panama in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday at CenturyLink Field. To help build the excitement, the federation will be putting on a number of events and activities.

The first is a live panel at noon Friday, including yours truly, as NikeTown in downtown Seattle, which U.S. Soccer will be setting up its headquarters for the next few days. A lot of the stuff is free with contests, prizes and giveaways.

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at ussoccer.com. Sales as of Thursday afternoon were at about 34,000, according to a federation spokesman.

I’ll post highlights from the U.S. Soccer news release after the jump.

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FAN HEADQUARTERS

Located at NikeTown in downtown Seattle, the U.S. Soccer Fan Headquarters (#FanHQ) will be the center of activity leading up to the match and provide fans with a one-stop location to engage in live shows, participate in contests, win giveaways and purchase the latest U.S. Soccer gear.

Starting on Friday, June 7, U.S. Soccer will have a live panel at 12 p.m. previewing the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifying match against Jamaica, which kicks off later that evening. The discussion will be streamed on ussoccer.com.

At 4 p.m., U.S. Soccer will release the USA-Panama game-specific poster. The limited-edition poster was created by world-famous graphic artist Art Chantry, best known for the vibrant posters and album covers he did for bands in the Pacific Northwest, including Nirvana.

All day on Friday, and each day leading up to the match, U.S. Soccer staff will also be holding contests and giveaways, providing fans with the ability to win prizes such as field-level passes to watch the U.S. MNT warm-up on game day.

Other activities at the Fan Headquarters include:

Saturday, June 8:  Post-game panel discussion on USA-Jamaica

Sunday, June 9: “Coffee & Centennial” – a panel of former players, including Chris Henderson and Kasey Keller, reflecting on some of the biggest moments in U.S. Soccer history.

Monday, June 10: Big Head Red Head Podcast – Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas and Marc Connolly will conduct an episode of their popular podcast live and in-person.

USA-JAMAICA VIEWING PARTY

Looking for a place to get together with other fans and watch as they U.S. MNT looks to earn a valuable three away points against Jamaica? U.S. Soccer and Fado Irish Pub will be hosting a viewing party, starting at 6 p.m. PT. Fans will have the chance to win prizes during the match, including U.S. Soccer gear and possible upgrades for the U.S.-Panama match.

PEP RALLY

Held at Paul G Allen’s famous Cinerama on the night before the match (Monday, June 10), U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, former Men’s National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller, select members of the team and the American Outlaws will be on hand to pump up the supporters. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the program that includes videos, music, victory march and special presentations will kickoff at 8 p.m. Admittance is free for all fans.

U.S. SOCCER FAN FEST AND TAILGATE

The U.S. Soccer Fan Fest will take place outside the stadium on game day and is free to the public. Join other U.S. Soccer fans to partake in interactive games, meet former National Team players, receive premium item giveaways, enter raffles, and much more. Kicking off at 4 p.m., the Fan Fest is located within the North Lot. And for those fans not heading inside the stadium, there will be a giant video screen so you can experience the thrills of the game with your fellow supporters. The official U.S. Soccer Tailgate is sold out.

FREE SCARF TO ALL IN ATTENDANCE

All fans in attendance will receive a free, special edition game-specific scarf to wear with pride and show your colors during the game. U.S. Soccer is doing a five-part scarf series, one for each World Cup Qualifying match. The scarf will be unveiled this Friday at U.S. Soccer Headquarters.

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