The U.S. Men’s National Team’s four remaining home 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches will be played in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Columbus and Kansas City. The announcement, which completes the USA’s schedule in the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, was live on ESPN SportsCenter earlier today.
The U.S., which kicks off its home stand in World Cup Qualifying tomorrow night against Costa Rica at sold-out 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 Men’s National Team 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. (Centennial Home) 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,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “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.”
Kickoff times and broadcast information for many of the games has been determined and includes games televised by ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas (see detailed schedule below). Fans can follow all U.S. MNT games via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
Tickets for all three home games in June go on sale to the public Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. local venue time through ussoccer.com (ticket details for the matches in Columbus and Kansas City will be announced at a later time). For the games in Seattle and Sandy, Utah, sales will be limited to eight tickets per household. For the Centennial Celebration Match, groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) will also be available for each game exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for each of the three June home games before the sale to the general public. These advance sales take place Friday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local venue time at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The June 11 match against Panama at CenturyLink will be only the second World Cup Qualifying game in Seattle. The first was more than 35 years ago when the U.S. defeated Canada on Oct. 20, 1976. The last time the USA played at CenturyLink (formerly known as Qwest Field) was on July 4, 2009, during a 4-0 victory against Grenada in the opener of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA is 6-2-1 all-time in the state of Washington and has won five straight.
On June 18, the U.S. faces Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. The only previous U.S. MNT game at Rio Tinto was the team’s 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 5, 2009, in World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. is 2-0-0 in the state of Utah, with the other victory being a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4, 2005, in World Cup Qualifying at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The U.S. returns to Columbus Crew Stadium nearly one year after blanking Jamaica 1-0 in qualifying on Sept. 11, 2012, in front of 23,881 spectators. Herculez Gomez scored the lone goal during the USA’s win in Group A play. This U.S. is bringing Mexico to Crew Stadium for the fourth consecutive time in World Cup Qualifying. In the previous three matches, the USA has posted 2-0 victories. The USA is 6-0-3 all-time and 5-0-2 in World Cup Qualifying at the home of MLS side Columbus Crew.
The U.S. caps off the home portion of Final Round World Cup Qualifying on Oct. 11 against Jamaica at Sporting Park. The team most recently rallied for a 3-1 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, to advance to the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Clint Dempsey scored his 29th and 30th career goals to tie Brian McBride for third on the all-time U.S. MNT scoring list. The USA is 2-0-0 all-time at Sporting Park, posting a 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe on June 14, 2011, to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Centennial Celebration Match against Germany on June 2 kicks off at RFK Stadium, where the USA is 13-3-4 all-time and is in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) at the venue. The U.S. last played at RFK against Jamaica, earning a 2-0 victory on June 19, 2011, and advancing to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Exclusive pre-sale for D.C. United plan holders will be available before the public sale begins on 4/2. All plan holders will be contacted separately regarding pre-sale information.
For more information on D.C. United ticket plans, including season tickets, half-season tickets, or 4-match plans visit www.dcunited.com or call 202-587-5000.