Columbus to host Mexico-US qualifier again

The U.S. will play its fourth straight home World Cup qualifier

against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, and will host Germany in an

exhibition game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the sites of remaining home

qualifiers on Thursday, saying it will host Panama at Seattle on

June 11; Honduras at Sandy, Utah, on June 18; Mexico at Columbus on

Sept. 10; and Jamaica at Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 11.

After losing 2-1 at Honduras last month in the opener of the

final round of North and Central America and the Caribbean, the

U.S. meets Costa Rica on Friday night at Commerce City, Colo., then

plays Tuesday at Mexico. The top three nations qualify for the

32-nation field in Brazil next year and the No. 4 team advances to

a playoff, likely against New Zealand.

In previous qualifiers against Mexico at Columbus, the U.S. won

by 2-0 scores in February 2001, September 2005 and February


The game against Germany will be played June 2 and part of the

U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100th anniversary celebration. It had been

announced in November by the German federation for May 29.

The Germans are likely to be without several stars. Mesut Oezil

and Sami Khedira compete for Real Madrid, which plays its final

league match on June 1 or 2.