CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers

USMNT to play first WCQ at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Dick's Sporting Goods Park to host first WCQ vs. Costa Rica
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WCQ location named
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July 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (2012)

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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.

Late bloomer Parke feels he's a better fit for USMNT now

A year after his first cap, veteran looking for regular role
The Late Bloomer
Parke & USMNT
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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.

14 January 4:15 de la tarde

As befitting a centenary year, the US Soccer Federation has released a special crest commemorating the landmark occasion for American soccer.

The crest is now prominent on the US Soccer website, with the centenary home page featuring an informative section on the history of the sport in the USA.

US may meet MLS-heavy squad in Honduras for WCup qual

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Jerry Bengtson with Honduras

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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.

Klinsmann: 8-9 players from camp may make Honduras trip, but not Donovan

Klinsmann says 8-9 players could make roster vs. Honduras
Survivor: Carson
USMNT camp
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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.

USMNT open Hex with early afternoon kickoff in Honduras

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USMNT's Jurgen Klinsmann in Mexico City

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Jurgen Klinsmann

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.

Sources: Seattle in the mix to host US World Cup qualifier

Sources say CenturyLink in the running to host in the Hex
Seattle in mix to host US WCQ
USMNT IN SEATTLE?
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CenturyLink Field

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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.

US, Canada to square off in Jan. 29 friendly in Houston

US, Canada set for Houston friendly
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Canada's Will Johnson and the USA's Jermaine Jones

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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.

Commentary: What did USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann learn at MLS Cup?

What did Klinsmann learn at MLS Cup?
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USMNT's Jurgen Klinsmann in Mexico City

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It might be one of his job’s most underrated perks. US national team head coach and famously content SoCal transplant Jurgen Klinsmann lives just a short drive – by Golden State standards – from the Home Depot Center, a routine US Soccer hub and venue for last weekend's MLS Cup final.

Wondolowski: Klinsmann says I'm still in USMNT plans

Wondo: Klinsmann says I'm in US plans
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CARSON, Calif. – Matching the single-season record for goals scored wasn’t enough to get Chris Wondolowski called up to the US national team’s pair of World Cup qualifiers last month, but the prolific striker is still in Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans.

The US head coach contacted Wondo just before he named his squad for matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala and informed him he was opting for other forwards instead, including Seattle striker Eddie Johnson and his own San Jose teammate, Alan Gordon.

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