Report: Three cities vying for USMNT's March home qualifier
The long-awaited announcement of the venue for the US national team's first home 2014 World Cup qualifier in the CONCACAF Hexagonal stage is apparently only a few days away.
Veteran soccer reporter Grant Wahl reported that there are three stadiums in the running for the USA's opening home fixture against Costa Rica on March 22.
"A high-ranking US Soccer [Federation] source is telling me that the three finalists are Salt Lake City, Denver and Kansas City," Wahl said on Fox Soccer's Goals on Sunday. "The first two are at altitude which would be helpful for preparation for atltitude against Mexico a few days later in Mexico City [on March 26]."
The altitude factor arguably puts Rio Tinto Stadium and Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the driver's seat, assuming US Soccer opts to play its matches in those stadiums. The altitude at Rio Tinto is 4,450 feet, while DSG Park is 5,164 feet above sea level. Mexico City's Azteca Stadium sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet.
But Livestrong Sporting Park has one thing going for it.
"Kansas City is a pro-US crowd and the US has had success there before," Wahl said on Fox Soccer.
Which venue do you think deserves to host the match?
Kansas City, Salt Lake & Denver are the 3 finalists to host home USMNT Hex opener vs Costa Rica in March. Announcement this week.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 6, 2013