Yes, this is from yesterday but it is still a worthy discussion point.
Yesterday, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati shared a few bits of information to reporters in Honduras about upcoming plans for the year for the US National team.
Kansas City (Sporting Park), Columbus (Crew Stadium) and Salt Lake City (Rio Tinto Stadium) are among venues that seem likely to hold qualifiers this year. The non-SSS mentioned by Gulati has to indeed be Seattle. Though as I’ve mentioned on here and Twitter, I’ll believe it when I see it.
“I think you will see us play in this round in five MLS venues and four soccer-specific stadiums,” he said. “I think that is how it is shaping up. And none of the soccer-specific venues will be in New Jersey or in Los Angeles and so on.”
The more interesting comment is that of how they won’t play in SSS’s in the Northeast or in LA, Texas is also apparently out of the equation too. That basically eliminates PPL Park from the discussion. I think we could all be in for a surprise though when it is all said and done but I doubt it.
The USSF wants the US to have as much of an advantage in their home matches as possible and you can’t blame them for doing so. Not to say that LA, Houston, New York, D.C., and Philadelphia won’t provide that, it just won’t be the same as Kansas City, Columbus or Salt Lake City.