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.