March 21, 2013
U.S. to host games in Seattle, Sandy, Utah, Columbus and Kansas City
CHICAGO---The U.S. National Team’s four remaining home World Cup qualifying matches will be played in Seattle, Sandy, Utah, Columbus and Kansas City.
The announcement, which completed the USA’s schedule in the CONCACAF hexagonal round, was made live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday afternoon.
The U.S., which kicks off its home stand in WCQ Friday night against Costa Rica at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., will host the other four Final Round opponents in the following venues:
* June 11 against Panama at CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
* June 18 against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
* Sept. 10 against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
* Oct. 11 against Jamaica at Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kan.)
The announcement also included the confirmation of the Centennial Celebration Match between the U.S. and Germany that will be played on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., as part of U.S. Soccer’s 100-year anniversary celebration. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and will be the first of two National Team matches that day as the Women’s National Team takes on Canada at BMO Field in Toronto at 4:30 p.m. ET.
“We are really excited about the venues we have selected for our home World Cup qualifiers,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “Winning your games at home is crucial, and we know that at each of these stadiums we will get amazing support from the fans. There are so many great facilities in this country, and to be able to play in this many soccer specific stadiums in MLS cities shows how far this sport has come.”