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USA-Mexico in the Opener

The USA's path, via CONCACAF final-round qualifying, to the 2010 World Cup begins at home against Mexico. (Hello, Columbus?)

Wed., Feb. 11: Mexico
Sat., March 28: at El Salvador
Wed., April 1: T&T
Wed., June 3: at Costa Rica
Sat., June 6: Honduras
Wed., Aug. 12: at Mexico
Sat., Sept. 5: El Salvador
Wed., Sept. 9: at T&T
Sat., Oct. 10: at Honduras
Wed., Oct. 14: Costa Rica

For the complete CONCACAF schedule, click here.

Given the opponents and the enemy fan issue, where would you like to see the USSF stage the home matches? Columbus, Salt Lake City, Denver, Seattle, Hartford, HDC, RFK?

By Steve Goff  |  November 22, 2008; 7:15 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Awww, bummer about those two red card suspensions for the Tri.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

RFK of course! What can I say, I am biased! Kick this next round off with a bang against Mexico, should be an interesting game!

Posted by: SamDCU | November 22, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Perfect time to face them. They have a few men out due to cards, including Vela.

Posted by: Hoost | November 22, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Goff, is Foxborough out of play?

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Great news! Can't help but have flashbacks to the dos a cero from Columbus and it's great that Vela and the other guy are suspended for the match.

Very good that we go to El Salvador before it should be ridiculously warm and we also get both T & T matches done before the last two matches which is spectacular in terms of getting points early.

Posted by: thamlin | November 22, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Since Goff is presumably catching up on sleep, having posted something here at 4:15 a.m. PST, here's a recap of last night's NCAA men's action:

George Mason got by Penn and will be going to Ludwig on Tuesday. The big upset was UNC-Greensboro, bringing a sub-.500 record into the tournament, beating Duke by two goals in Durham, and now heading for Baltimore to play Loyola on Tuesday. UConn will be at Virginia.

In NCAA's women's action, Duke is at Virginia tonight. James Madison is at Portland, where it would be the upset of the young century if they won at a place where 5,000 fans routinely pack the house.

You can follow tournament games at the following sites:

http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2008/ncaa_bracket_DI_soccer_women.html

http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2008/ncaa_bracket_DI_soccer_men.html

If Internet video or audio is available for any particular match, you will find a link here.

The U20 women are in action today against Argentina at 10:00 a.m. EST. The match can be followed at either the US Soccer site or the FIFA site.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Columbus should be the site for the Mexico match. RFK should be getting the T&T match. The schedule is pretty good for the US.

Posted by: hardcoco | November 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Hartford, one of the great sports cities in America...Hartford? Really? Hahaha...

Posted by: williamcorbin1 | November 22, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

USA has played matches in Hartford before -- medium-sized stadium that attracts fans from all over New England and the New York area.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 22, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Because of the enemy fan issue, I would only want to see T&T at RFK.

Posted by: jmingus | November 22, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

DC has one of the largest Trinidadian populations in the country. It's unlikely the T&T game would be played at RFK.

Posted by: dm100 | November 22, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You know I understand the whole enemy fan issue and all, but I still feel like RFK and Washington could turn out at least a half and half or maybe even a slight majority crowd in favor of the yanks. The last US game went, I think pretty good. Not a huge crowd (around 19,000) but it was a great atmosphere and I think you could get a hell of a lot more U.S. fans come out if the opponent is Mexico.

That being said it'll probably go to somewhere like Columbus (and it probably should) but I still wish DC could get a game like that.

Posted by: pittmancb | November 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I would love to have Mexico at RFK. It would be an electric atmosphere.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | November 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

DC has one of the largest Trinidadian populations in the country. It's unlikely the T&T game would be played at RFK.

Posted by: dm100 | November 22, 2008 11:17 AM
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Plussing as which, it's an easy road trip for the gazillion T&Ters in the NYC area.

Posted by: edgeonyou | November 22, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Mexico at RFK!

There is a huge Mexican population in Maryland and DC (Just look at when DC played America and Chivas)

Posted by: Konoha7 | November 22, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Mexico @ Columbus - I like that idea. Would be a nice reward for the MLS Champs too :)

T&T @ Seattle - This will be the second week or so of the MLS season, and the Sounders fans would fill that joint.

Honduras @ Chicago - Not sure why Goff left Toyota Park off the list. Best looking SSS we have.

El Salvador @ LA - Need one game at HDC

Costa Rica @ RFK - Sure, lot's of Costa Ricans will be there, but if the US still hasn't clinched a spot and can't win this match, then they don't deserve to go to the World Cup.

Posted by: DCUMD | November 22, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

You guys are awfully dismissive of "that other guy" Gerardo Torrado. He's more important to Mexico than Vela.

It's an ideal draw in that regard, and the game should certainly be played in a venue where we freeze out Mexico. Nothing will ever match La Guerra Fria (back when qualification wasn't anywhere near as certain), but there's no reason why we shouldn't make El Tri suffer.

The only reasonable game for RFK is Trinidad & Tobago. They have many fans here obviously, but their attitude is generally more celebratory and less intense as compared to the kind of atmosphere we'd see if Mexico or El Salvador were brought to RFK. Like it or not, DC is accessible to large populations from all of our opponents.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 22, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Honduras @ Chicago - Not sure why Goff left Toyota Park off the list. Best looking SSS we have.

Posted by: DCUMD | November 22, 2008 12:49 PM

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Speaking as someone who lives 90 miles from Toyota Park and would be thrilled to see 1 of the games there...who cares how nice the stadium looks? That is the very last reason to award a game to anywhere.

Posted by: kebzach | November 22, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I say Mexico in Anchorage, or at least Salt Lake....minneapolis, anyone? Green Bay?

Posted by: targetmedia | November 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The US team wil always be playing with half the stadiun (or more) against them; I was at the last USA-Mexico match in Columbus where the Mexico fans came by the busloads.

If USSF makes money off these games, I would go with big stadiums for the potential money-makers: Giants Stadium for T&T, Soldier Field for Mexico, RFK for El Salvador. Let the smaller stadiums have Costa Rica and Honduras.

Posted by: manunot | November 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

US should not play Mexico at RFK simply because of the enemy fan issue. I remember the two DC games against Chivas Guadalajara that I went to at RFK and although the Barra and DC fans were far more boisterous over the course of those games, they were outnumbered by about 2 to 1. Here's my suggestion for the venues:
Feb. 11 vs Mexico @ Columbus: La Guerra Fria III baby! The Mexicans fear this venue...we will crush them.
Apr. 1 vs T&T @ Chicago: Avoid playing Latin teams in Chicago is basically the game plan here.
June 6 vs Honduras @ Seattle: Seattle is great since there should be no worry of enemy fans. Don't want to play a team like Honduras on a large field such as the one in Denver. They might get frustrated on the artificial turf though.
Sept 5 vs El Salvador @ Denver: we won't have to worry about playing El Salvador on a large field, plus they'll have difficulty with the altitude. Not too many worries of enemy fans here.
Oct. 14 vs. Costa Rica @ Salt Lake City: We crushed em there last time at a stadium packed to the brim with USA fans. Look for a repeat performance.

Posted by: bigwave | November 22, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Enemy fans?..

Doesnt anyone get the message, we are everywhere. Period.
whether it may be ES, MEX, honduras...we are every where..
Wherever your game might be at.. we will arrive in full force..since we are the "enemy" fans..and no one likes a rowdy crowd (cause they prolly cant handle it..) we will come out and out number 4 to 1..and make it exciting.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

With regard to Seattle, I assume that FIFA and CONCACAF have no problems with artificial turf for a competition at this level.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I say Mexico in Anchorage, or at least Salt Lake....minneapolis, anyone? Green Bay?

I really like the idea -- USA v. Mexico on the frozen tundra of Green Bay in February -- but can Lambeau Field hold a FIFA-regulation pitch?

:)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 22, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

vs. Mexico @ Columbus
vs. T&T @ Seattle
vs. Honduras @ Hartford
vs. El Salvador @ Salt Lake
vs. Costa Rica @ Foxboro

Posted by: tfoisie | November 22, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Trinidad fans are pretty laid back. There apparently weren't more than several thousand who came to the El Salvador-Trinidad friendly at RFK.

Honduran fans travel pretty well and really love their team. I'm told that when the Honduran team has played in places as disparate as Montreal and Miami - not to mention RFK - they've been well-supported.

Posted by: billindmd | November 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I would say no NFL stadiums as of August since they would have NFL marked yardlines.

Mexico-Feb 11: Rentschler Field in Hartford. Look for USSF to make Uncle Phil happy with this game. It'll be cold. You would guarantee a sell out of 40k.

T&T-April 1: Still would like to use cold weather advantage. Rio Tinto in Utah. Would be able to sell this one out since people would be looking for their soccer fix with MLS just starting or about to start. Plus hard to find a Carribean contingent in the Wasatch.

Honduras-June 6: Last time we hosted this one in RFK. I was at the game in a section full of Honduras supporters. This is also the last Concacaf game the US lost at home. Set this one up in Seattle. Hopefully the Sounders are still competitive by then.

El Salvador-Sept 5: Can't hold this on the East Coast (DC, Boston or NY/NJ) or in California or in an NFL stadium. Take this one to Columbus.

Costa Rica-Oct 14: RFK Stadium. Let's end it off in style in the nation's capital on a crisp Autumn day.

Posted by: dukestreetkid | November 22, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"I say Mexico in Anchorage..."

This got me to wondering what kind of soccer community exists in Palin's state. For example, what is the best field in the 49th state?

They do have a state youth assn: http://socceralaska.org/
And I found an online petition asking the state U to add soccer: http://www.petitiononline.com/alaska16/petition.html
And there's this club: http://www.alaskarush.com/

Anyone know anything else about the soccer scene up there?

Posted by: Pedalada | November 22, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

""I say Mexico in Anchorage..."

This got me to wondering what kind of soccer community exists in Palin's state."

It is a good thing Friedel retired from Int'l play, she might think he is a moose.....

Posted by: LloydHeilbrunn | November 22, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

USSF and BB have said they want to avoid artificial surfaces if they can, so that limits the likelihood of Qwest or Foxboro hosting. (They've also said they'd prefer not to play on a pitch specially installed for just a few days.)

Would be interesting if MEX agreed to play their leg at a low-altitude border city in exchange for avoiding another game in C-Bus. I'm not advocating it - I want another Dos a Cero - but it would be interesting to have a chance for 3 points south of the border, even if it meant giving up our own competitive advantage during cold weather.

As far as games in Estadia RFK, I just want one game, any game.

Posted by: TheAMT | November 23, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Don't you just love these ideas?
Anchorage,etc.!Let's not forget Fairbanks for another game.Green Bay will do fine,also. Chicago, St.Louis,KC in February should not be discounted.
B/c Canada failed to qualify--sorry--this eliminates the use of hot temp. venues like Miami, Phoenix,Dallas in summer.Alas, I can't think of a good match for T&T; maybe some domed stadium up North.

Posted by: bechtoldpk | November 23, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

My $.02

USA-Mexico, Columbus
USA-Trinidad, Chicago
USA-Honduras, Seattle
USA-El Salvador, Salt Lake City
USA-Costa Rica, Harrison

Columbus is a no brainer, if it broke, don't fix it. Although they need to do something about that ugly gap tooth they now call a stage.

Why Chicago over RFK? Because US Soccer should not do anything that encourages more big time events at that rat trap. It only helps the DCS&EC and further hurts stadium talks. Chicago do not have the best record for qualifier attendance, but the stadium is excellent, if inconvenient. The T&T match can and should be wherever US Soccer wants, are people seriously worried about T&T fans overrunning a stadium? We should beat them wherever, whenever - simple as that.

Seattle can use turf per FIFA's allowance, but I don't think that CONCACAF or US Soccer particularly wants to. So they might lay some proper grass on to Qwest Field in selected.

Salt Lake - people out there like attending soccer matches. This should be a home banker with a good crowd at a key stage.

Red Bull Park - hope it's done, sure there will be some Costa Ricans there, but it's not the end of the world. I would think that many US fans will make the trek there to enjoy a new stadium and cap off qualification.


Posted by: Kev29 | November 24, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Here's how it should go

USA-Mexico, Seattle
USA-Trinidad, Washington DC
USA-Honduras, Columbus
USA-El Salvador, Salt Lake City
USA-Costa Rica, Chicago

Posted by: jcromero01 | November 24, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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