CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
CARSON, Calif. -- A looming showdown with Mexico at Estadio Azteca certainly had its say in US Soccer's decision to play its first home World Cup qualifier in CONCACAF's final-round Hexagonal in Colorado.
But it was not, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says, the determining factor.
The US men's national team is heading to Colorado. The US Soccer Federation (USSF) announced Tuesday that Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. – home of the Colorado Rapids – will host the team's first home World Cup qualifier of the hexagonal round on March 22 against Costa Rica.
TORRANCE, Calif. – These are heady times for Jeff Parke, who is coming off his finest season as a pro and is headed home to Philadelphia following a desired trade last month from the Seattle Sounders, a move that came one day after his wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their first child.
As usual, the Honduran national team will have a strong MLS influence when they take the pitch later this month.
Five MLS players were part of the squad Luis Fernando Suaáez called in for the Copa Centroamericana, which will be played in Costa Rica from Jan. 18-27. Those games – as many as four, should Honduras advance to the final – serve as both the qualifying process for this summer’s Gold Cup as well as a tune-up for World Cup qualifying, which begins with a huge home date vs. the US on Feb. 6.
TORRANCE, Calif. – All but two of the 25 players invited in for the US national team's first camp of 2013 were present for Tuesday's start of fitness work, the traditional kickoff to the annual January gathering in Southern California. But head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear that this is nothing like past camps to start the year.
US national team fans now have plenty of time to request the afternoon off on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
That's when Jurgen Klinsmann's squad open the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Honduras and on Wednesday the US Soccer Federation confirmed reports emerging from Central America that the match will kick off at 4 pm ET (3 pm local time).
The Honduras-USA meeting will mark the very first match of the CONCACAF Hex, with Panama-Costa Rica and Mexico-Jamaica taking place later at night on Feb. 6.
The city that has set the standard for large, loud crowds in MLS may be closer than ever to hosting the US national team for a massive World Cup qualifier.
The US and Canadian men's national teams will square off in a friendly on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, the federations of both countries announced on Monday.
The match marks the culmination of the US national team's annual January camp, as well as the winter camp of their Canadian counterparts. The Canucks will be facing Denmark in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 26.