World Cup Qualifying Venues Announced

World Cup Qualifying Venues Announced

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 14, 2008
  • 4 Comments

U.S. Soccer announced the three venues that will host home matches in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying today. Two of the venues we already knew about the last was a bit of a surprise but I like where the USSF is going with this on selecting this venue.

We knew before that Toyota Park in Chicago and RFK Stadium in DC would be hosting games but the last stadium was kept a little more secret than the other two. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado will host the third and final game of the early qualifying rounds this year.

Here is the schedule (all times central):

  • Sept. 10 (7pm)– vs. Trinidad & Tobago/Bermuda, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois.
  • Oct. 11 (3pm)– vs. Cuba/Antigua & Barbuda, RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
  • Nov. 19- (7pm)– vs. Guatemala/St. Lucia, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado

I know on the right I already have the expected opponents penciled in but you never know. We could see a Bermuda upset or St. Lucia. Hell, who am I kidding we know that won’t happen. We should expect to see T&T, Cuba and Guatemala here in the early stages.

The U.S. national team’s World Cup Qualifying campaign kicks off next month at the Home Depot Center on June 15 when it faces Barbados.

Now back to the USSF picking DSG as a venue. It wasn’t a venue that I expected but I must say I am happy with the selection. Not to mention the US will be playing Guatemala in Colorado in the middle of November is very smart I think. Let’s not forget to mention the vast difference in altitude change for the visitors. Again, very smart move.

Any thoughts on these venues and dates? I think it all checks out nicely as long as the boys don’t screw things up before hand!

  • Allen

    I love it!

  • I love it!

  • Paul

    Great variety of venues! I'm glad they didn't give the HDC another game (they were bidding for Cuba); but hopefully they can add some more seats to the Little Dick, it will probably sell out really fast. And hopefully Sam's Army has a good showing, no offense Rapids fans, but the supporters groups aren't really that numerous…

  • Paul

    Great variety of venues! I’m glad they didn’t give the HDC another game (they were bidding for Cuba); but hopefully they can add some more seats to the Little Dick, it will probably sell out really fast. And hopefully Sam’s Army has a good showing, no offense Rapids fans, but the supporters groups aren’t really that numerous…