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Qualifying Site Update

I hope you haven't bought your plane tickets to Salt Lake City for the USA-Mexico qualifier just yet. Despite an ESPN report last night that Rio Tinto Stadium will host the Feb. 11 showdown, the USSF is adamant that no final decision has been made. According to sources, at least two other venues (Columbus almost certainly being one) remain under consideration. The USSF did tour the RSL facility recently.

The original report from ESPN Deportes was that Seattle or Salt Lake City would be the choice. However, Seattle was a longshot from the start because of its big seating capacity and the need to truck in grass to cover the artificial turf. (Yes, qualifiers can be played on turf, but it's something to be avoided.)

An announcement might be made this coming week and surely before Christmas.

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Is it known approximately when an announcement will be made? For the Mexico match AND the others.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | December 13, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - Just saw the last sentence. Any idea on an annoucement concerning the other WCQs?

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | December 13, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

February site soon. Next home game is not until April, so I'm guessing it will be a while. Same with the others, I imagine. We'll see.....

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 13, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am hoping the game is at Columbus. Its only a 5.5 hour drive from Blacksburg, and it would be great to see a US/Mexico game live.

Posted by: hokieunited | December 13, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Konoha7 | December 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

February in the mountains of Utah!?!? That seems pretty silly. Better get the ol' orange ball ready.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 13, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I never realized Blacksburg is a shorter trip than DC. Wanna carpool, hokieunited?

Posted by: sitruc | December 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Was Washington really a candidate? Or was that supposed to be Washington state? The AP is prone to mistakes with soccer.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | December 19, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

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