Nashville Gets WC Qualifer

Nashville Gets WC Qualifer

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 3, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • Trinidad and Tobago, World Cup qualifying

A very interesting piece of news this morning. The US national team will take on Trinidad & Tobago in its second home World Cup qualifier on April 1st in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville?

Hmm…big stadium (68,798). A bit far and way out of the way for any away supporters for T&T. A mid-week game to boot. I’m already guessing the under/over for attendance for this one will be right around 15,000 and I will take the under.

Interesting location for this game but it should work.

Predictions for where the other home games will be:
June 7: vs. Honduras in Salt Lake City
Sept. 5: vs. El Salvador in Chicago
Oct. 14: vs. Costa Rica in Washington

  • www.americansoccertr

    Why Nashville?<br />
    Three factors: <br />
    Weather: Decent weather in April; played the Olympic qualifiers in March here last year. <br />
    Fan demographics: T/T will not be a strong opponent, so throw out fan demographics. It&rsquo;s not like the U.S. is playing Mexico in Houston, where the stadium would be filled with opposing fans. T/T does not have a huge following anywhere in the U.S., so USSF probably felt that it could host this match anywhere without concern for the opposing team&rsquo;s fans taking over the stadium. <br />
    Venue: Modern stadium with great people to work with. <br />
    &bull; Four-hour drive from half the world. <br />
    &bull; Southwest flies into and out of Nashville 1,000 times per day.

  • www.americansoccertr

    Qualifying Trivia<br />
    What country did the U.S. beat in the final match of qualifying to reach the 1990 World Cup?<br />
    T/T, to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1950.<br />
    <br />
    How many straight World Cups has the U.S. reached?<br />
    Five: 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006<br />
    <br />
    Why was the U.S. exempt from qualifying for the 1994 World Cup?<br />
    The U.S. was the host country

  • Why Nashville?
    Three factors:
    Weather: Decent weather in April; played the Olympic qualifiers in March here last year.
    Fan demographics: T/T will not be a strong opponent, so throw out fan demographics. Itís not like the U.S. is playing Mexico in Houston, where the stadium would be filled with opposing fans. T/T does not have a huge following anywhere in the U.S., so USSF probably felt that it could host this match anywhere without concern for the opposing teamís fans taking over the stadium.
    Venue: Modern stadium with great people to work with.
    ē Four-hour drive from half the world.
    ē Southwest flies into and out of Nashville 1,000 times per day.

  • Qualifying Trivia
    What country did the U.S. beat in the final match of qualifying to reach the 1990 World Cup?
    T/T, to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1950.

    How many straight World Cups has the U.S. reached?
    Five: 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006

    Why was the U.S. exempt from qualifying for the 1994 World Cup?
    The U.S. was the host country

  • joel es latest socce

    I wish Florida could host a game.

  • I wish Florida could host a game.