Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sporting Park to host U.S. Men's National Team this October

Sporting Park will host the U.S. Men's National Team on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

The United States returns to Sporting Park to play Jamaica, live on the ESPN family, WatchESPN and UniMas. Kickoff time and ticket information will be released at a later date.

"Sporting Park has become a great venue for all fans and the U.S. National Team," Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. "The energy and noise here is unrivaled and the atmosphere for the World Cup Qualifier on October 11th will be incredible. We are honored to be a destination site for U.S. Soccer in their quest for the 2014 World Cup."

"From an energy point of view, it's one of the best venues in the United States," U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "The stadium itself is a piece of art. It's thrilling just to be in that facility."

Sporting Park, home to Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, will host the U.S. Men's National Team for the third time since opening in June 2011. The state-of-the-art, $200+ million venue will also host the 2013 MLS All-Star Game on July 31.

The U.S. is part of the six-team Hexagonal along with Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format will continue through Oct. 15 with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi are currently with the U.S. Men's National Team for a pair of upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. The U.S. hosts Costa Rica at 9 p.m. CT on Friday live on ESPN, WatchESPN, and UniMas.

Four days later, the USA takes on Mexico at Estadio Azteca at 9 p.m. CT with coverage on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision.