KC to host US-Guatemala World Cup qualifier

KC to host US-Guatemala World Cup qualifier

Published Jun. 4, 2012 9:22 p.m. ET

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Guatemala will play the United States in the final semifinal match of qualifying for the World Cup on Oct. 16 at the home of MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

The U.S. opens its campaign for the 2014 World Cup on June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. The men's national team is already scheduled to face Guatemala on June 23 at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, and Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio.

The four teams in Group A play each other home and away during the round-robin qualifying.

The game in Kansas City, Kan., will be the first World Cup qualifier the team has played on the Kansas side of the state line. The U.S. beat Costa Rica in Kansas City, Mo., in 2001.