U.S. Soccer officially announces WCQ match at Rio Tinto
Jurgen Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer have made it official: they're coming to Rio Tinto Stadium this summer.
As first reported last week, the Sandy soccer stadium will host a World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. and Honduras on June 18.
"Choosing Salt Lake for a very important game in the qualifying process is an easy choice," Klinsmann said in a news release. "We think the crowd will give us huge support, loud, noisy, pushing us forward and giving us a lot of energy for 90 minutes. Every point in a World Cup qualifier is crucial, and we need to have game in venues like Salt Lake where we know opponents not only have to deal with us, they will also have to deal with the crowd."
Real Salt Lake season ticket holders will have the first chance at tickets, beginning March 26 at 10 a.m. Ticket sales will be open to the general public on April 2.
The U.S. team (with a roster that includes Real Salt Lake players Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran and Kyle Beckerman) faces off with Costa Rica on Friday in Denver.
The rest of the US home stand includes:
June 11 against Panama at CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
June 18 against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
Sept. 10 against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Oct. 11 against Jamaica at Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kan.).
-Â Aaron Falk