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World Cup Qualifier: Team USA

While not as popular in the United States, Soccer (or Football to the rest of you) is a worldwide phenomenon.  The men’s national soccer team (USMNT) competes in international association football competitions through CONCACAF or the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football,  and are governed by the United States Soccer Federation.   Spain, Germany and Columbia currently hold the top three rankings in the world, according to the FIFA World Rankings and Team USA is ranked 22.  The World Football Elo has them ranked a bit higher at 20th in the world.  The USMNT have competed in the last six FIFA World Cups and also acted as world host for the 1994 Championships.

The USMNT participates in competitions all over the globe including the FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup as well others they are invited to.   The highest ranking that the US team has ever acheived was way back in 1930 World Cup where they earned the 3rd place finish.   They participated in a handful of other competitions until 1950 then afterwards, Team USA didn’t qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

In the most current qualifications round, Team USA topped their third round qualification group by winning four matches with only one draw and one loss in 2012.   Just last month, on June 2, the Team USA took on 2nd-ranked Germany during a sold out competition at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., in the Centennial celebration. This win was particularly notable as this was the first win over a top 2 ranked team a win against top-ranked Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.  Four days later, on June 6 of this year,  the Team USA won against Jamaica.  Team USA continued on it’s winning streak against Panama on June 11th to an audience that was the seventh largest crowd to date to see the team play a World Cup Qualifier on US land.   Also of note, the USA vs. Panama game drew the second largest TV audience on ESPN for a US World Cup Qualifier in history. Since then, they have also won matched against Honduras and Guatemala.

On September 10, USA will take on Mexico in Columbus, OH and on October 11, USA will play Jamaica in Kansas City, MO in the World Cup Qualifier matches.

Find your tickets to the USA World Cup Qualifier games on Tickifieds!

NCAA Tournament Tickets in Demand – Tickifieds Top 10

IndianaHoosiersNCAATournamentAs expected, the NCAA Tournament is in the spotlight again this week.  After an exciting first few rounds of the tournament, we are down to the final 16 teams spread out across each of the 4 regions.    The East Region consists of Marquette, Miami, Syracuse and Indiana.  The Midwest contains Michigan State, Duke, Louisville and Oregon.  Michigan, Kansas, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast make up the South Region.  Lastly, the West will feature Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State and La Salle.

Although there are lots of unexpected teams (see Oregon, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, La Salle, etc.), the Big 10 has lived up to expectations placing four teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  I can’t imagine anyone out their still with a perfect bracket!

Top Events Week 11 (3/19/2013 to 3/26/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament

The 2013 NCAA Tournament field is down to the “Sweet Sixteen” and is headed for regional action.  As such, ticket demand is extremely strong for the Midwest, East, South, and West Regionals.

2. One Direction

Despite the fact that the NCAA tournament has outshined them the past two weeks, demand for One Direction tickets has not slowed one bit. Fans are still eagerly looking for the best deals on several of the rapidly approaching 2013 shows.  Hot concerts this week include Los Angeles, Tinley Park and Hershey.

3.  CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is being hosted by the United States this year much to the delight of soccer fans.  Popular matches include USA vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Canada, USA vs Belize, and the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.

4.  Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is always a popular summer concert as Parrotheads are strong supporters year after year.  This year Jimmy will also be playing a few special shows with Jackson Browne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco and Comerica Park in Detroit.

5.  Kenny Chesney

Country music’s version of Jimmy Buffett has also been popular this week.  Top shows include Angel Stadium, Columbia South Carolina and Target Field with the Zac Brown Band.

6.  Milwaukee Summerfest

Interest in the world’s largest music festival is gaining steam as more and more performers are starting to leak out.  Already confirmed for 2013 are Fun (with Tegan and Sara), Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, Rush and the Vans Warped Tour.  Get more details at 2013 Milwakee Summerfest Schedule.

7.  Chicago Cubs

The Cubs might still be a few years away from contending for a World Series title but that has not stopped fans from gobbling up tickets.   Cubs home opener tickets are drawing the most interest with games against the White Sox coming in a close second.

8.  Milwaukee Brewers

The team that plays at Wrigley Field North is also generating a fair amount of fan interest. That said, the most popular Brewers games appear to against the Chicago Cubs.

9.  Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 2013 Tour is still going strong especially for concerts at the intimate indoor venues happening this spring.  Popular shows include Omaha, San Jose and Kansas City.

10.  Detroit Tigers

The City of Detroit may be a vacant wasteland but at least they have the Detroit Tigers going for them.  Demand should remain strong as the Tigers are expected to contend for a World Series title again this year.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

Top Weekend Events – June 24 – 26

Woo hoo, the weekend is almost upon us!
This Saturday appears to be the most popular day to get out and go see some shows or sporting events. Fans want to get out of the house and enjoy great summertime activities!
I think there is a tie between the top two events this weekend. The CONCACAF Men’s Finals Soccer Gold Cup Event is going on this Saturday in beautiful Pasadena. The competitors in the Finals will be decided in the Semifinals, which are happening today in Washington D.C. and East Rutherford, NJ. The teams competing today are United States vs. Panama and Honduras vs. Mexico. Those are all teams with exceptionally loyal fans, particularly Mexico. This will be a hot event.
The other hot event on the weekend is the Taylor Swift show happening in Boston. This particular event was flagged multiple times in the top weekend events list. She is also playing at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 26th. Taylor’s next few stops land her in Greensboro, NC, Knoxville, TN and Louisville, KY.
Also of note, Mr. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, has two weekend shows making the list. His most recent album, Ukulele Songs, with a live DVD named Water on the Road, was released on May 31st of this year. These two shows are part of his month-long tour which started on June 15th and will conclude on July 15th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Glen Hansard from The Swell Season and The Frames joins him on his brief tour.
Vans Warped Tour is making many stops across the US. The Dallas show seems to be particularly popular. The Dallas event features the following line up 3OH!3, A Day to Remember, Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Madina Lake, Relient K, Simple Plan, The Devil Wears Prada, Unwritten Law, and MANY others.
Sade is a relatively vintage band from England that formed in 1983. The band is a blend of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and soft rock. Their sixth studio album, Solider of Love, was released on February 8th, 2010. This is their first album of new material in nearly a decade. Sade’s global tour, Sade Live, kicked off in April 2011.
Some baseball finally made the list! I feel it’s been kind of slow season for baseball this year. East meets west with the Oakland A’s traveling to Philadelphia. The Reds and Orioles game, I’m kind of shocked to see on the list, but if there’s apparently a strong interest.
At this rate, Jimmy Buffett and Rascal Flatts are a given on the list. Expect them to remain on the top weekend events list for the remainder of the summer.

Top Weekend Events – June 24 – 26th
1.) CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals,  Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA – Saturday, June 25th
2.) Taylor Swift, Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA – Saturday, June 25th
3.) Vans Warped Tour, Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX – Saturday, June 25th
4.) Jimmy Buffett, Alpine Music Center, East Troy, WI – Saturday, June 25th
5.) Eddie Vedder, Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA – Saturday, June 25th
6.) Eddie Vedder, Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI – Sunday, June 26th
7.) Athletics at Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, June 25th
8.) Reds at Orioles, Orioles Park, Baltimore, MD – Saturday, June 25th
9.) Sade, Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ – Friday, June 24th
10.) Rascal Flatts, Verizon Wireless Ampitheater, Maryland Heights, MO – Sunday, June 26th

Top Weekend Events June 17th – 19th

NKOTBHappy Wednesday!
It is Father’s Day weekend, and it seems like Saturday night is a hot night for tickets. There’s some new stuff on the list, there’s some stuff we’ve seen before::cough cough Phish::, and just some summer time expectations.
The New Kids on the Block Chicago show holds the top position for the week. The 80’s boy band is still performing with all all original band members; Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. The band has sold 80 million records worldwide. The NKOTB teamed up with 90’s boy band, the Backstreet Boys. The BSB’s also have all original band members; A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and Kevin Richardson. The BSB’s are the best-selling boy band of all time, having sold over 130 million records worldwide. Their first seven albums reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 list.
We all know by now, hopefully by reading the Wednesday blog posts, that Phish tickets are HOT this summer. Well, Phish shows up again twice on this list. First they show up in the list for their show in Virginia, then for the show in North Carolina. Fans are really interested in their tickets.
For your sporting events, the Cubs vs. Yankees series have a lot of folk’s attention. The Cubbies have been on a winning streak of late and hopefully they can win big in their hometown against one of the perpetually good teams. This is also an excellent event to take your Dad to for Father’s day! The CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer Quarterfinals are also going on this weekend in D.C. The event will showcase Jamaica vs. United States and Panama vs. El Salvador. The day previous, on the 18th in East Rutherford, NJ, the matchups include Costa Rica vs. Honduras and Mexico vs. Guatemala.
As for other good summer concert events, people are interested in the original Parrot Head, Jimmy Buffett, Country crooner Keith Urban and bubblegum pop princess, Katy Perry.
This is a great weekend for a wide variety of events.

Top Weekend Events – June 17th -19th

1.) New Kids on the Block with Backstreet Boys, United Center, Chicago, IL – Saturday, June 18th
2.) Phish, Ntelos Pavilion Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA – Sunday, June 19th
3.) CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – Sunday, June 19th
4.) Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Saturday, June 18th
5.) Motley Crue, Usana Amphitheatre, West Valley City, UT – Saturday, June 18th
6.) Jimmy Buffett, Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA- Saturday, June 18th
7.) Phish, Time Warner, Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, NC – Saturday, June 18th
8.) Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, June 19th
9.) Katy Perry, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – Sunday, June 19th
10.) Keith Urban, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL- Friday, June 17th

Top Weekend Events – June 10th – 12th

Hello Wednesday!

Summer concerts are still heating up the top weekend events list.  I expect this trend to continue for many more weeks.  While concerts are to be anticipated on this list, I would have thought at least one game of our nation’s pastime would have shown up.  Not one baseball game came anywhere close to making the list.

Some old favorites like Phish, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney show up again on the list.  Their fan bases are unparalleled.  Bruno Mars and his Lazy Song seem to be this summer’s anthem on most radio stations.  Florence and the Machine is new to this list.  This band is in the same Indie vein as Mumford & Sons.  Both bands have incredibly unique sounds, only play small venues and their popularity is on the verge of super-stardom.   Florence Welch is the English fiery red-headed leader of this band.  They have had songs appear on shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as a song in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  New music should be coming from the band soon.  Keep your eye on this band.

I actually very surprised to see Deep Purple on the list.  They are an English Rock band formed in the same era as Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath.  Some think of Deep Purple as being pioneers of heavy metal and modern rock.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football (that’s Soccer to us American’s) competition of the men’s national football team overseen by CONCACAF.   This competition determines the regional champion of North American, Central America and the Caribbean.   The winner of the competition goes on to compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup.  Did you catch all that?  Since the formation of the Gold Cup, a tournament to crown the region champion, in 1991 Mexico has won five times, the United states four times and once by the Canadians.

Top Weekend Events – June 10th through 12th

1.)    Mumford & Sons, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA – Sunday, June 12th

2.)    Concacaf Gold Cup, El Salvador vs. Cuba and Mexico vs. Costa Rica, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, June 12th

3.)    Deep Purple, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ –Friday, June 10th

4.)    Florence and the Machine, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL – Sunday, June 12th

5.)    Concacaf Gold Cup,  United States vs. Panama and Canada vs. Guadeloupe, Raymond Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL – Saturday, June 11th

6.)    Bruno Mars, Universal City, Los Angeles, CA – Sunday, June 12th

7.)    Michael Buble, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ – Saturday, June 11th

8.)    Kenny Chesney, Lambeau Field , Green Bay, WI – Saturday, June 11th

9.)    Taylor Swift, Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Saturday, June 11th

10.) Phish, Merriweather Post Pavilion,  Columbia, MD – Saturday, June 11th