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Qualifying Dates Set

Okay, so I was a little off with the USA World Cup semifinal-round qualifying schedule last night. (Speculation is always troublesome when it involves FIFA and CONCACAF.)

Here is how it will play out for the Americans, assuming all the favorites advance:

*At Guatemala on or about August 20
*At Cuba on Sept. 6
*Home vs. T&T on Sept. 10
*Home vs. Cuba on Oct. 11
*At T&T on Oct. 15
*Home vs. Guatemala on Nov. 19

The USA's first-round series with Barbados or Dominica will be June 14/15 at home, June 21/22 on the road.

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

You still get an A for effort.

Posted by: sitruc | December 18, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Any word on where US Soccer might be looking to host these games?

Posted by: Bloggy | December 18, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"*Home vs. Cuba on Oct. 11"

We may be able to sign a few cheap, foreign players after this fixture.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 18, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't bet on it.

Posted by: Janet Reno | December 18, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Predictions??

*Home vs. T&T on Sept. 10 - Salt Lake or Bridgeview
*Home vs. Cuba on Oct. 11 - Home Depot
*Home vs. Guatemala on Nov. 19 - Columbus

And man would I love to go to Trinindad for the away match - cheap hurricane season fares are possible too!

Posted by: Kev | December 18, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Cuba game will be in Miami - NOT!

Posted by: Dave | December 18, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Miami would be the best possible place to have the Cuba game... talk about a hostile atmosphere for the visitors.

Posted by: d, dc | December 18, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

We haven't had a cuban national team player defect to the US in almost six months, so I guess we're overdue.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | December 18, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

when you say visitors you mean the USMNT, right?

Posted by: moses | December 18, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

No, I definitely mean Cuba.

Posted by: d, dc | December 18, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Miami would be the best possible place to have the Cuba game... talk about a hostile atmosphere for the visitors.

Posted by: d, dc | December 18, 2007 02:17 PM
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It's the last place that Miami-Dade police would want the match. It would, however, give the mayor a few more national photo-ops.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 18, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

what do you think we are going to have 40k haitians supporting us vs. cuba.

Posted by: genious | December 18, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Stupid question, but when will it be decided between Barbados and the Dominica?

Posted by: Lost in BA | December 18, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

So CONCACAF conducts the Champions Cup draw today and releases the results tomorrow? Why the secrecy/delay?

Or is this just a CONCACAF "idiosincracia" thing...?

Posted by: Juan-John | December 18, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey when do we get the Champions Cup draw results?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Nery Castillo on loan to Manchester City!

Posted by: ds | December 18, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I wish DCU would offer him DP $ to come to DC. An extraordinary talent who would fill the seats and bring some 'street-cred' to MLS as far as Mexican fans are concerned.

Posted by: ds | December 18, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Most cubans in miami would be supporting the US team as they are heavily anti-castro.

Duh

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm anti-G.W. Bush, but that doesn't mean I don't support the USMNT.

A US/Cuba game in Miami certainly could be well-attended, but who would know how that crowd would be made up, and how they would behave.

Posted by: Concacaf | December 18, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Denver get one of these smaller matches.

Posted by: Bonji | December 18, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between being anti bush and anti castro. Most South florida cubans would boo anything that represents castro cuba against their country which they are proud to be in.

Anti-castro cubans are hugely pro-american.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying they aren't, but I do think people (even Cubans now living in the US who clearly dislike Castro) can separate the sport from the politics.

If Cuba is battling for a chance to go the the Hex, I see little reason for them to "support the US."

If Cuba is low on points and has little chance of advancing at that point, yes the "Cuba fans" could take the opportunity to make political statements.

Posted by: Country and politics | December 18, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Salt Lake fans have already pissed off China's government with the 'Tibet' flags during their friendly. Let 'em have at Cuba in the new stadium. :)

Posted by: Craig | December 18, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not saying they aren't, but I do think people (even Cubans now living in the US who clearly dislike Castro) can separate the sport from the politics."

Recent protests of the Orioles game vs Team Cuba argues against your thesis.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 18, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Cuba is more of a baseball country than a soccer country, as far as I know.

Yes, there is of course the option for political expression when sporting events/gatherings occur, but what are people really worried about?

What scenarios are likely to unfold, what trouble is on the horizon?

What came of those "Recent protests of the Orioles game vs Team Cuba"?

Posted by: Sport and Politics | December 19, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Recent protests of the Orioles game vs Team Cuba argues against your thesis."

That looks like an arranged exhibition.

These soccer events (U23 and WC qualifying matches with Cuba playing in the US) are international events overseen by sporting governing bodies for the region/world.

Were there any issues when the Cuban national soccer team came to the 2007 Gold Cup in the US and played 3 games?

Posted by: Concacaf questions | December 19, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Goff, who do you know at AP? Can you get them to clean up this sloppy writing. Yes, the Concacaf WCQ process is confusing, but this article really had a contradictory statement:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/20/AR2007122001543.html

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The Americans, who have a first-round bye, were drawn last month to play Barbados or Domenica in the first round.
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Is the Barbados v Domenica match in "the first round", and the US joins the competition in the second round?

Posted by: AP editors? | December 21, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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