Tickets On Sale Now For NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup

Oct. 14, 2004

Tickets for the 2004 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup are on sale now at The Home Depot Center. UCLA is hosting the event, which will crown college soccer's national champion, on December 10 and 12 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The semifinal games will be played on Friday, Dec. 10 at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The championship match is at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Dec. 12. The College Cup is the culmination of the 48-team NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships, which begin with first-round action on Nov. 19-20 at local host sites. The second round of the Championships is on Nov. 23, the third round on Nov. 27-28, and the quarterfinals on Dec. 3-5, all at local host sites. The four quarterfinal winners will advance to the College Cup in Carson. Selections for the Championships will be announced on Nov. 15.

This year's College Cup is the first in the state of California since 1981, when Stanford hosted the Championships. It is also the first championship to be held west of Texas since the 1986 NCAA Championships were held in Tacoma, WA. California schools have been mainstays in past College Cups, having advanced to the national semifinals 18 of the last 20 years and to the championship game in 10 of the last 20 years. UCLA and Stanford played each other in an all-California final in 2002, with UCLA winning 1-0. California schools have won five championships overall - UCLA with four (1985, 1990, 1997 and 2002) and Santa Clara with a co-championship in 1991.

California is well-represented in the upper echelon of college soccer. Nearing the halfway mark of the 2004 season, UC Santa Barbara stands at the top as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation with a 10-0-1 record. Santa Clara (11-1-0) is right behind at No. 2 in the Soccer America poll. Also ranked in the Top 20 are No. 10 Stanford (6-1-4), No. 13 California (8-1-2) and No. 19 UCLA (5-2-2).

Southern California has a rich soccer tradition, with UCLA leading the way with four NCAA titles and as the top collegiate producer of professional and national team talent. UCLA soccer players have made more than 1,800 appearances for various U.S. National Teams, with 10 Bruins playing in the last four World Cups. On the pro level, 38 Bruins have been on Major League Soccer teams in the league's eight years of existence, most amongst all universities in the country. In last year's NCAA Championships, all five participating Southern California teams (UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Cal State Northridge) earned Top 16 seeds.

Tickets for the NCAA College Cup are available now at The Home Depot Center (www.homedepotcenter.com), and at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Two-day passes that cover all three games range in price from $20-40.

The Home Depot Center, which opened in June of 2003, is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas of Major League Soccer and will be the site of the 2004 MLS Cup in November. It was also the site of the 2003 MLS Cup and the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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