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US Men’s Soccer Team Advances to 2014 World Cup

Soccer TicketsOn Tuesday, September 10th, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team beat Mexico in a 2-0 victory.  This match was a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying game and this win earned the USMNT their way into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The USMNT fate was sealed for the 2014 tournament after Honduras competed against Panama in Tegucigalpa in a 2-2 tie.  This is USA’s seventh successive FIFA World Cup Berth and 10th in total.

The USA vs. Mexico match was an event to be seen and tensions were high for both teams.  A point of interest, this was the fourth time in a row in a World Cup Qualifying cycle that USA beat Mexico 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Strange, huh?

The stars of the match were Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan.   Johnson scored his 19th goal of his career and 12th in a World Cup event.  One of his goals included a header off of Donovan’s corner kick in the 49th minute.  Donovan put the proverbial nail in the coffin in the 78th minute with his goal.

The USMNT broke records this year by winning 14 games in a calendar year.  This is an improvement over their 2013 record which was 14-3-2 and 13 wins in 2009 and 2005.

The next game for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying takes place on October 11th against Jamaica in Kansas City, KS at Sporting Park, though USA already has their plane tickets booked for Brazil.  The match will kick off at 5:30 PM C.T.

On October 15th, the US Men’s Team will finish up the Hexagonal when they play Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

As far as other teams go, Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup with a 1-1 tie against last place Jamaica. Costa Rica tapered off to second place, one point following USA in the CONCACAF standings, and Honduras is in third place with 11 points.

For the World Cup, the top three teams qualify undoubtedly. The fourth place team after will ultimately compete against Oceania Zone winner New Zealand playoff for a chance to make it to Brazil.

After the loss to USA, Mexico tied for fourth place with Panama with eight points.

Stay tuned to Tickifieds for all your soccer tickets need!

 

 

Top Events of 2012

Top Events of 2012Happy new year!! It’s that time of year where we reflect upon the past year and start looking toward the future.  Confucius once said, “Study the past if you wish to define the future….”.  With that in mind we will look at some of the top ticketed events in 2012 and analyze what it means for 2013.  If 2013 is anything like 2012 be sure to start marketing top pop and country performers and be on the look out for growing segments of the like electronic/techno music and international soccer.  Also don’t forget about popular, yet under-marketed sports like NASCAR.

Top Events of 2012

1.  One Direction

There is no denying the fact that One Direction dominated the event ticket market in 2012.  In 2013 expect that trend to continue as their 2013 tour is sold out across the world.  That means that fans will be looking to the secondary ticket market to secure tickets to their concerts.  Although selling One Direction tickets is extremely competitive, you can make inroads by focusing on niche tickets (e.g. front row, meet and greet, VIP, etc.).

2.  International Soccer

We had to lump a few events here to have these international soccer matches come in at number 2 but there is no denying that soccer is growing as a sport in the U.S.  2012 saw a lot of matches between some of the most popular soccer clubs in the world and several MLS teams.  In 2013 keep your eye out for these international friendlies featuring teams like FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, Liverpool, as well as the US, Mexico, and Canadian National Teams.

3. Electronic Music

Another fast growing segment of the event ticket industry is electronic or techno music.  It was a really good year for artists such as Skrillex, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Amon Tobin, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Girl Talk, Bassnectar, DJ Tiesto and Pretty Lights.  Look out for performances by any of these artists in 2013 including some of the popular electronic music festivals.

4. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s 2012 Stronger Tour was a smashing success.  While Kelly has not announced any major tour plans for 2013 she will be playing with Jason Aldean at his special Wrigley Field concert.  If Ms. Clarkson’s popularity has taught us anything it’s that performers who can bridge genres (country and pop in particular) seem to do extremely well.  As such we expect Taylor Swift to have a huge 2013.

5.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is one of the hottest country music performers around right now.  He had a fantastic 2012 that began with the tail leg of his 2012 My Kinda Party Tour and ended with the announcement of his 2013 Night Train Tour.  2013 should be another big year for Mr. Aldean as his solo stadium tours including a show at Fenway Park have already sold out.

6. NASCAR

It’s no secret that NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the US.  However, most event ticket marketers ignore that sport for some reason.  The sport should continue to grow in 2013- especially the Sprint Cup Series.  Some of the more popular races include the Daytona 500, Food City 500, Samsung 500, Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race XXVIII, Coca-Cola 600, Bank of America 500, Brickyard 400 and the AAA Texas 500.

7.  Taylor Swift

What is remarkable about Taylor Swift’s appearance at #7 is that she was only relevant for the last few months of the year following the announcement of her 2013 Red Tour.  Taylor Swift’s popularity across multiple genres and age groups gives her a shot at challenging One Direction for the top spot in 2013.

8.  Eric Chruch

Country music’s Eric Church saw his star climb to new heights in 2012 with his solo Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. 2013 should be just as good as Eric Church will continue his solo tour through february before joining Kenny Chesney on his No Shoes Nation Tour.  Country music appears to be here to stay so be sure to be on the lookout for the next big thing.

9.  Notre Dame Football

While college football is always a steady performer, usually a team comes from no where to capture the attention of the nation.  This year it was Notre Dame who came out of nowhere to become the #1 team in the Nation and earn a trip to the BCS Championship game.  For 2013 keep an eye out for Texas A&M as freshman Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “Football” Manziel will be getting them lots of national attention.

10.  Justin Bieber 

Justin Bieber coming in at #10 is a bit of a surprise.  While just making the top ten is an achievement, many expected the Biebs to performer better.   It just goes to show you how quickly a pop-star can fade and be replaced- especially the young ones.  A lesson for 2013…jump on the next teen pop sensation early!

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.

Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches – One Direction #1 for 11th week

Team USA Soccer

Team USA soccer has upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Guatemala and Jamaica.

Despite the fact that we took a little 1 week break from our Top 10 weekly search, you really didn’t miss much.  One Direction is still the unanimous #1 most popular search term.  This marks the 11th straight week the boy band has been atop out list.  However, sports are really beginning to gain some ground as eight of the top ten search terms revolve around sporting events. Representatives from the worlds of soccer (1) , hockey (1),  NASCAR (1), NFL football (1), wrestling, and college football (3) all made the list this week.  With football season just around the corner and training camps in full swing expect both NFL and college football to show strong from now on.

Top 10 Tickifieds Ticket Searches (July 16 – July 23, 2012)

1.  One Direction

Still on top for a record 11 straight weeks…

2.  USA Soccer

The US National Soccer Team comes in at #2 this week with upcoming games against Guatemala and Jamaica.  These games mean a lot to the US as these are qualifying matches for the World Cup!

3.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is still hot!  Jason Aldean is still on the My Kinda Party Tour with Luke Bryan and will be hitting Columbus, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Cincinnati, Burgettstown, Tinely Park, Virginia Beach, Darien Lake, and Bethel Woods.

4.  LSU Tigers

The new coaches poll just came out and the LSU Tigers are the preseason #1 team in the nation.  Tigers fans are anticipating another shot at a National Championship!

5.  Detroit Red Wings

Fans are already gearing up for the 2012-13 NHL Season.  The Red Wings are clearly one of the most popular teams and will also be hosting this years edition of the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor!

6.  Texas A&M Aggies

Fans in College Station are excited to be a part of the best football conference – The SEC.  It might take a few years to adjust to the defense heavy conference but new head coach Kevin Sumlin has fans believing.

7.  Chicago Bears

Their is excitement in Bears training camp as a new high powered offense has fans thinking Super Bowl.  If the offensive line can give Jay Cutler any time this team could be scary good!

8.  Nebraska Cornhuskers

Football is big in Nebraska and fans are excited about their chances in their 2nd season in the Big 10.  Nebraska also has some intriguing home games against Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

9.  NASCAR Geico 400

Fans in Illinois are apparently excited about the big NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway.  The Geico 400 is slated for September 16th, 2012.

10.  WWE Sumerslam

Summerslam 2012is gaining some momentum as the event draws near.  The WWE event will take place on Sunday August 19th and will feature  Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena in Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship, and Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio.

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.

Tickifieds.com Top Ticket Searches (3/2 to 3/4/2012)

Well the weekend is about over and I hope that all our loyal readers feel much more refreshed than I do.  It was an extremely busy weekend over here as we have been slaving away working on a new project – Event Bark.  Event Bark is a local event and entertainment guide where users can list local events.  While you may think that sounds a lot like Tickifieds it is actually quite different.  Although you can list event tickets for sale, Event Bark is much more focused on local and community events.  So, in addition to the normal concert, theater, and sporting events users can list thinks like garage sales, benefits and fundraisers, If you have a few minutes I encourage you to check it out and let us know what you think.  It has some really cool features such as integrated maps where you can view local events.  Any feedback would be appreciated as the site is still in beta.

Now, that the Event Bark pitch is out of the way, let’s take a look at what was hot over the weekend terms of ticket searches.  Top this weekend was swedish DJ Avicii who has 2 sold out shows in Kingston, RI and Amherst, MA in April.  It seems club music is here to stay with the popularity of Avicii, Bassnectar, and Skrillex.  Who knew?  Also ranking well this weekend are college basketball with conference tournament on the schedule for the upcoming week and international soccer.  The US and Mexico have scheduled several “Friendlies” leading up to the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying matches that seem to be extremely popular.  So here are the Top 25 Tickets searches this weekend…

Top 25 Ticket Searches (3/2/2012 to 3/4/2012)

  1. Avicii
  2. Big East Basketball Tournament
  3. Madea Gets A Job
  4. USA vs Antigua Soccer
  5. Florence and the Machine
  6. NCAA Tournament
  7. Young the Giant
  8. Eric Church
  9. Big 10 Basketball Tournament
  10. Mexico vs Senegal
  11. Eddie Vedder
  12. ACC Basketball Tournament
  13. USA vs Scotland Soccer
  14. The Naked and Famous
  15. Zac Brown Band
  16. USA vs Brazil Soccer
  17. Kelly Clarkson
  18. Kenny Rogers
  19. The Kooks
  20. Cody Simpson
  21. Madonna
  22. Jason Aldean
  23. Brazil vs Argentina Soccer
  24. Big 12 Basketball Tournament
  25. SEC Basketball Tournament

If you are looking for tickets to see any of the above performers be sure to check out the ticket listings at Tickifieds.com!