Schedule for American's five home World Cup final-round qualifiers is completed.
By Robert Wagman
(Thursday, March 21, 2013) -- The United States Soccer Federation announced today the venues where the U.S. men will play the closing four of their five home matches in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after tomorrow night’s qualifier against Costa Rica at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, City, Colo.
That 10 p.m. (ET) match will be televised by ESPN and Spanish-language UniMas.
On June 11, the U.S. will host Panama at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 9:30 p.m., a game which will be televised on one of the ESPN channels.
A natural, grass field will be placed on top of the artificial turf with stadium capacity will be reduced from its National Football League capacity of 67,000 (72,000 with temporary seats) to about 42,000 because a Major League Baseball game will be played at the same time next door at Safeco Field.
On June 18, the Americans will face Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City at 9 p.m.on ESPN and UniMas.
On September 10, Mexico will be the opponent at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, at 8 p.m., on ESPN and UniMas.
Oct. 11, The U.S. takes on Jamaica at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. The time for that outing has not been announced, but it will be televised on one of the ESPN channels, as well as UniMas.
“Winning your games at home is crucial and we know that at each of these stadiums we will get amazing support from the fans,” U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann said in a USSF press release. “There are so many great facilities in this country and to be able to play in this many soccer-specific stadiums in (Major League Soccer) cities shows how far this sport has come.”
The U.S. has four road qualifiers left, starting Tuesday at Mexico at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City at 10:30 p.m., televised by ESPN and Spanish-language Univision.
On June 7, the U.S. visits Jamaica at Kingston’s National Stadium. The time has not been announced, the the game will be aired on beIN SPORT.
On September 6, the Americans head to Costa Rica, though the venue and time have not been announced.
The U.S. closes qualifying October 15 at Panama with the details also not yet announced.
Along with qualifying, the Americans have several other matches on the slate, including participation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
On May 29, the U.S. plays host to Belgium in a friendly at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland at 8 p.m. on ESPN and UniMas.
On June 2, the USSF stages its Centennial Celebration Match against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., at 2:30 p.m., aired by ESPN2 and UniMas.
The U.S. will be in Group C of the 12-nation Gold Cup. First, the Americans play Belize July 9 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., at 10 p.m., followed by a July 13 match against Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
Three days later, U.S. closes group play against Costa Rica at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m.