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USMNT to host WCQ vs. Trinidad and Tobago in Commerce City

With two more crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon for the U.S. Men’s National Team, U.S. Soccer has unveiled the host venue for its next home match in June.

The USMNT will battle Trinidad and Tobago at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on June 8. The U.S. was expected to play the match at high elevation in Colorado or Utah to prepare for the team’s pivotal qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on June 11.

That match was supposed to take place on June 13, but due to Mexico’s involvement in the Confederations Cup, the game was rescheduled.

The last qualifier in Commerce City was the infamous “Snow Clasico” back in 2013 when the USMNT defeated Costa Rica to boost its hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Now the U.S. will be hoping for a repeat of four years ago.

The USMNT currently sits in fourth place with four points in the hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying, one point above Trinidad. A victory could move the U.S. into the top three heading into the match against Mexico, which leads the table after four games.

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  • Old School

    The U.S. was expected to play the match at high elevation in Colorado or Utah to prepare for the team’s pivotal qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on June 11.

    In the spirit of replicating the environment: has there been any word if the American Outlaws are going to be given bags of human urine or bottles of Corona to be thrown at USMNT players? Surely the crowd will be provided pamphlets with key homophobic catchphrases to scream in unison?

    Full disclosure, none of this will have any impact on our ability or “rating” to host a World Cup apparently. According to FIFA, so long as the “Don” involved is “Don Juan“.

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  • UclaBruinGreat

    Umnt definitely got the short end of the stick on this one. In June both of Mexico’s games are at home. So they will get to Mexico City and be there the whole week and a half, not have to travel, and get acclimated to the elevation. USA has to fly to Mexico City and play two days later. Only two days in between games for this round.

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    • Super Nintendo Chalmers

      Nice defeatist attitude. First, we are playing T& T at altitude which is a huge disadvantage for them. Second, that word altitude allows us…to acclimate. Third, Mexico hasn’t announced where that fixture against the US is going to be. There is no guarantee they will hold it at altitude. They may or they may not, but training and playing Colorado will not put us at a disadvantage. Four Mexico has rarely played WCQs outside of Azteca. I see this as an opportunity. I’m not delusional. I know they are our toughest opponent left on the road. Right now, I’m much more confident of our chances with Bruce as coach instead of Klinsi.

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  • Gary Page

    Since Commerce City is a suburb of Denver and “only” about a mile high, maybe they ought to train before the game at a higher elevation in Colorado. One thing unlikely is a similar snow game. While it’s possible there could be snow in June, if it happened it would almost certainly only be a light dusting.

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  • Johnnyrazor

    I lived south of Denver for over a decade, Denver isn’t going to get snow in June. Mid-May pretty common but not June.

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  • Pglo

    At least it won’t be yet another 11 pm start on the East Coast – looks like 10 pm instead….

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