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USA World Cup Qualifier to RFK?

Lots of news to share with you today. I'm going to try something different and put everything into separate threads instead of spending extended time piling all of it into one discussion.

So we begin with.....

Sources tell me that RFK Stadium is in serious negotiations about hosting one of the three U.S. World Cup home qualifiers this fall and that a deal is close to being reached. The dates and potential opponents are:

Sept. 10 vs. T&T
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba (Carson was chasing this game aggressively)
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala

I am also hearing that RFK is about to be named the site for a U.S. women's national team friendly as part of its Olympic preparation. It would take place in May.

More later.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2008; 2:34 PM ET
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¡Ai dios mio, por favor, no Guatemala! I mean, I'm not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth, but I think I've been to enough qualifiers at RFK involving seas of blue-and-white clad supporters...

...ah well, on the other hand, the Fed's gotta eat, too, and 46,000 paying customers would certainly help out the bottom line, no matter what colors they're wearing.

Posted by: EdTheRed | March 25, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Well parking shouldn't be a problem at RFK, as the Nationals are visiting the NY Mets on 9/10, and there season likely ends (without a post-season) on 9/28.

Posted by: Lot * | March 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the hubris.
Lets get past Dominica/Barbados first...

Posted by: wisc ave | March 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I do remember...but I long ago gave up the idea of experiencing a home match qualifier at RFK.

They're always away games.

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

T&T or Guatemala would fill the stadium.
I'd prefer T&T because their fans might bring a steel band and some bottles of Vat 19.

I can't imagine that Cuba would continue to allow it's futbol team to play in the US.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

FYI:

Wed., Sept. 10 vs. T&T
Sat., Oct. 11 vs. Cuba (Carson was chasing this game aggressively)
Wed., Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala

If RFK were to get a game, I'm guessing it would be the match on Wed., Sept. 10 vs. T&T.

Posted by: Midweek | March 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

We could do a lot worse than some of the cuban fans...the better half anyway

T&T would also be a great party

Posted by: Matt | March 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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I can't imagine that Cuba would continue to allow it's futbol team to play in the US.
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The dreama of qualifying for an Olympic tournament or a WC finals tournament likely are stronger pulls than political concerns for possible player desertions.

Posted by: The Importance of Sport | March 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Where are these other threads of which you speak? Must have more SI ...

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Cuba match is after the MLS transfer deadline. :)

Posted by: Landis | March 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Got to be Guat in DC. Seems like we've played them so many times already, should be some kind of rivalry there, no?

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I would bet on the T&T game @ RFK - doubt that US Soccer wants to give up the "home" field edge to Guatemala for a game in DC.

Posted by: Sylvester | March 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone get Fenty's permission on this? Seeing how there's no real market for soccer in this town and RFK's sitting empty and all...

Posted by: CheGuevarra | March 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer T&T. Better weather in September (I'll take hot over cold). T&T has fans in D.C. but I don't think they would overwhelm the stadium like the Guatemaltecos. For the National Team's benefit, we should face Guatemala in a place without a large ex-pat population. Although it would be fun to hurl abuse at Carlos Ruiz.

Avoid the Cuba game - we don't need any more politics in this town. I don't think the Cubans can avoid playing in the U.S. just because they want to avoid player desertions. FIFA wouldn't let them back out on those grounds. Games are only played outside a host country when the country cannot safely and comfortably host the match (see: tiny Caribbean islands).

Posted by: SSMD | March 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I think US Soccer should dangle a big payday from a match against Guatemala in front of DCSEC for a little bit and then not reward the city with any games, until they give United a decent deal on a stadium.

Posted by: pat | March 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Memorial Day weekend would be a great time for the US Women's National Team match at RFK. We'll have 3 major soccer tournaments going on with about 1,000 teams participating, many from out of the DC region. A great chance for those families to watch the women play live.

What say you, WNT?

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia says T&T has a population of over a million. Are there really enough local Trinis to help fill RFK?

I'm enough of a glutton for abuse to wanna see Guatemala again as we did in the '98 and '02 cycles. But most soccer moms won't want to send their kids.

Posted by: garbaggio | March 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Wikipedia says T&T has a population of over a million. Are there really enough local Trinis to help fill RFK?"


For the 98 WCQ, Jamaicans flew in from all over the US and Canada. If the T&T fans just come from DC, NY, Miami, and Toronto it would be a big turnout.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 25, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

If it is Cuba then they won't have far to go to get to the State Dept to defect.

Posted by: Please be Cuba! | March 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the WNT (and the U23 MNT, now that they've qualified) should play friendlies in places like Mexico City, so as to get acclimated to the polluted air in northeastern China.

Posted by: tri-village | March 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

F'ing A Not Guatemala! Not for a match that actually counts. What're they thinking?!?

Posted by: DJC | March 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

DC has the largest Trinidadian community in the US except for maybe Florida. Their presence would be felt at RFK. Then again, a lot of local Jamaicans might show up to root against the Soca Warriors.

Posted by: Yanqui | March 25, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Slightly off-topic, but has a date been confirmed for the USA-Argentina friendly in June?

Posted by: BaltoFan | March 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of who or when, I'll be there.

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

what would tickets for a WCQ @ RFK cost in 2008?

Posted by: dadryan | March 25, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm with the majority saying no Guats. TnT possibly. Cuba??? How many ex Cubans around DC that would root for Fidel's brother's team?

Posted by: JMR | March 25, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

These are World Cup qualifiers, its not in the best interest of US Soccer to play in DC. Seem like a pretty dumb move. None of these teams are going to be easy to beat, we need more home field advantage, DC wont provide this. We need to look at this on a case by case basis.

Posted by: Joel | March 26, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Here's hoping for the long awaited return of our endzone seating for such premiere events!

Posted by: Norte | March 26, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping for the long awaited return of our endzone seating for such premiere events!

Posted by: Norte | March 26, 2008 12:52 PM
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This will happen only if there are several such events (i.e., events that sell out the 40,000+ seats already in service) each year, and probably not even then. As Goff pointed out a while back, neither DCU nor DCSEC is likely to sink much money into a facility whose remaining life expectancy can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The cost of rehabbing that space would not pay for itself over such a short period.

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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