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NCFC to Host United States vs. Paraguay

By Staff, 02/12/18, 5:16PM EST


Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park announced as venue for March 27 exhibition

Former USL Cup-winner Tyler Adams in action for the U.S. Men's National Team against Portugal / Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer

CARY, N.C. – North Carolina FC will play host to the United States Men’s National Team as it squares off in an international exhibition Paraguay on Tuesday, March 27 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. Kickoff for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET.

“North Carolina Football Club, in coordination with the Town of Cary, is excited to host the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Paraguay game here at Sahlen’s Stadium,” said President and General Manager Curt Johnson. “The last time the National Team was in Cary was seven years ago as they prepared for the Gold Cup and we look forward to having them back in the area after such a long time. We expect this match to sell out quickly and we encourage our fans to secure their tickets early.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team returns to WakeMed Soccer Park for the first time since 2011, when they trained to prepare for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USMNT also trained in Cary prior to the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. This match marks only the second time the National Team will have played a game in Cary. They previously drew Jamaica 1-1 in front of a record crowd on April 11, 2006. The Men’s National Team followed that visit with two training stints in Cary in March and June of 2011.

March’s contest will be the eighth time the U.S. and Paraguay meet dating back to 1930. The USMNT holds a record of 3-2-2 against the South American nation. Most recently the teams met in group stage of the Copa America Centenario in 2016, with the U.S. edging Paraguay 1-0 behind a Clint Dempsey goal.

“The North Carolina soccer community has always offered great support to our National Teams,” said MNT head coach Dave Sarachan. “I have great memories of Cary as the springboard for our quarterfinal run at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and look forward to returning for our match against Paraguay.”

Prior to individual tickets going on sale, the North Carolina Football Club Season Ticket Members as well as 12 and 18 voucher pack Flex Members who purchase their season packs by Friday, February 16, will enjoy an exclusive presale which begins on Wednesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. 

North Carolina Football Club members will receive an exclusive, personalized code from U.S. Soccer to take advantage of this offer. All current Season Ticket Members and those who have already purchased 12 or 18-voucher packs for North Carolina FC and/or the NC Courage automatically qualify for this exclusive pre-sale.

Tickets to the game go on sale to the general public Friday, February 23, at 10 a.m. ET through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Individual ticket purchases will be limited to six tickets per household and will not be sold at the stadium ticket office except on the day of the event, if any remain.

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