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U.S. national team ticket sales update

With 38,500 tickets sold, the U.S. men’s national team friendly against Germany on June 2 at Washington’s RFK Stadium is the biggest seller among the four approaching home matches.

Seattle is second with 32,000 for the World Cup qualifier against Panama on June 11. Cleveland has sold about 18,500 for the May 29 friendly against Belgium. With 20,000 seats, Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City sold out quickly for the June 18 qualifier against Honduras.

Washington is the only game on a weekend (a Sunday afternoon).

Although capacity at RFK is 45,423, the official number has not yet been set for this match because organizers are planning to add temporary bleachers behind both goals. Those vacant areas are used for hospitality and promotional events during D.C. United matches. The general public will be able to purchase seats behind the south goal; much of the north end is reserved for those attending the U.S. Soccer Federation’s annual general meeting in Washington in the days leading to the match.

Both the United States and Germany will hold open training sessions June 1 at RFK: the Germans at 11:30 a.m., the Americans at 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Meantime, Juergen Klinsmann is eyeing a friendly in Europe on Aug. 14 — a FIFA fixture date three weeks before qualifying resumes. The USSF is in negotiations but won’t reveal the possible opponent.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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