Avaya Stadium in San Jose to host USA vs. Honduras World Cup qualifier

San Jose Earthquakes' opener at Avaya Stadium

The US Soccer Federation has selected Avaya Stadium, home of MLS clubs San Jose Earthquakes, for a virtual must-win World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Friday, March 24 (FS1 and Univision). It will be the first US match played at Avaya Stadium, one of the newest stadiums in the country which opened in February 2015.

The US national team lost its first two matches of the CONCACAF Hexagonal and currently sits last in the standings after two matchdays. 

"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," Arena said in a USSF statement. "We think it's a place where we will get fantastic support from the U.S. fans in a game that's critical for our effort to qualify for Russia in 2018."

Due to the anticipated high demand for and limited supply of tickets to the match, US Soccer will use a lottery system to allocate tickets, including an early lottery phase for "US Soccer Members." Earthquakes season ticket holders by Jan. 30 will be automatically entered into the lottery. After all applications are in, a computer program will randomly select those who receive tickets.

The match will be the first final-round qualifier the USA will play in the Bay Area since 1997.