The United States' men's national team faces possibly its biggest match since the 2010 World Cup on Sunday when it takes on Jamaica in the CONCACF Gold Cup Quarterfinals at RFK Stadium. After a series of uneven performances in the early rounds, Team USA is on the hot seat as it goes up against the Group B winners.
For the occasion, many fans will show up. According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the building is getting closer to being sold out.
Ticket sales for Sunday's doubleheader - USA vs. Jamaica at 3 p.m., Panama vs. El Salvador at 6 p.m. - surpassed 33,000 this morning and continue to go fast. As of this afternoon, only obstrcuted-view seats were available, suggesting that total sales are over 40,000. Capacity is around 46,000.
Meanwhile, coach Bob Bradley ended up granting permission to Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey to attend family weddings on Saturday, providing a private plane to bring both back in time for the match. It was an awkward situation and it remains to be seen if it has any effect on the game.