U.S. MNT History at Venues for Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers and Centennial Celebration Match
The four remaining 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying home venues were announced on Thursday, as well as the confirmation of the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. ussoccer.com breaks down the U.S. MNT history in each of these venues.
March 21, 2013
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The four remaining 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying home venues were announced on Thursday, as well as the confirmation of the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Here is a breakdown of the U.S. MNT history in each of these venues:
June 2 vs. Germany: MNT history at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.:
- The U.S. MNT is 13-3-4 all-time at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
- The USA has won the past seven games at RFK (6-0-1).
- The U.S. last played at RFK Stadium against Jamaica, earning a 2-0 victory on June 19, 2011, to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The USA has outscored its opposition 46-17 at RFK Stadium.
- On Oct. 11, 2008, the U.S. clinched a berth to the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a dominant 6-1 victory against Cuba, with DaMarcus Beasley scoring two goals.
- The USA's most lopsided victory at RFK Stadium was a 6-0 victory against Panama to advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifying. Eddie Johnson had a second-half hat trick and Landon Donovan scored the game's first two goals.
- In the most dominant win against rival Mexico to date, the U.S. posted a 4-0 blowout victory on June 18, 1995, at the 1995 Nike U.S. Cup. A 22-year-old Claudio Reyna had a goal and two assists en route to the win.
- The largest crowd to see a U.S. MNT game at RFK Stadium was the USA's 3-2 loss to Honduras in World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 1, 2001, in front of 54,282 spectators. That was the last home loss in qualifying as the USA is in the midst of a 22-game home unbeaten streak (20-0-2) heading into Friday's game against Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
June 11 vs. Panama: MNT history at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.:
- The June 11 match against Panama at CenturyLink will be only the second U.S. MNT World Cup Qualifying game in Seattle. The first was more than 35 years ago when the U.S. defeated Canada on Oct. 20, 1976.
- The last time the USA played at CenturyLink (formerly known as Qwest Field) was on July 4, 2009, during a 4-0 victory against Grenada in the opener of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The USA is 6-2-1 all-time in Washington and has won five straight.
- The 4-0 margin of victory in the MNT’s last outing at CenturyLink Field tied for its largest margin of victory in the state of Washington, the MNT also beat Honduras 4-0 on March 2, 2002 at SAFECO Field.
- The U.S. is currently on a five-game winning streak in Seattle, outscoring its opponents 16-1 in goal differential during that span.
- In the 4-1 victory against Cuba in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, current MNT veterans Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley each tallied goals.
- Out of all the home venues for World Cup Qualifying, CenturyLink is the only one in which the MNT has played in more than once and never lost or tied, with a record of 4-0-0 while playing at the home of MLS side Seattle Sounders FC.
June 18 vs. Honduras: MNT history at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah:
- On June 18, the U.S. faces Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.
- The only previous U.S. MNT game at Rio Tinto was the team’s 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 5, 2009, in World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. is 2-0-0 in the state of Utah, with the other victory being a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4, 2005, in World Cup qualifying at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
- The U.S. MNT has played two World Cup Qualifiers in the state of Utah and are a perfect 2-0-0.
- Rio Tinto has been home to one World Cup Qualifier for the MNT, a 2-1 win against El Salvador in the final round of the 2010 World Cup Qualifying cycle.
- Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore tallied in the victory against El Salvador. Both players are on Jurgen Klinsmann’s current roster for these next two World Cup Qualifying games against Costa Rica (Feb. 22) and Mexico (Feb. 26).
Sept. 10 vs. Mexico: MNT history at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio:
- The U.S. returns to Columbus Crew Stadium nearly one year after blanking Jamaica 1-0 in qualifying on Sept. 11, 2012, in front of 23,881 spectators. Herculez Gomez scored the lone goal during the USA’s win in Group A play.
- The USA is 6-0-3 all-time and 5-0-2 in World Cup qualifying at the home of MLS side Columbus Crew.
- The MNT has played a total of seven World Cup Qualifying matches at Crew Stadium and taken 17 points out of a possible 21, posting a record of 5-0-2.
- The U.S. Men have only conceded one goal in all nine matches played in Columbus and hold an advantage of 13-1 in goals scored.
- The MNT defense has never conceded a non-penalty kick goal in a match of any competition at Crew Stadium.
- An opponent hasn’t scored against the U.S. in Columbus since Nov. 17, 2004, when Jamaica’s Andy Williams converted a 27th minute PK attempt to equalize for Jamaica in the final game of the final round of qualifying.
- The U.S. has played southern rival Mexico in a total of three World Cup Qualifiers in Columbus, winning each one of them to the tune of 2-0. The first 2-0 result started on Feb. 28, 2001 and started a welcomed trend that has continued at home in World Cup Qualifying.
- MNT veteran midfielder Michael Bradley recorded a brace as the U.S. won again 2-0 in the last World Cup Qualifier against Mexico in Columbus on Feb. 11, 2009.
Oct. 10 vs. Jamaica: MNT history at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.:
- The U.S. MNT is 2-0-0 all-time at Sporting Park.
- On June 14, 2011, the USA posted a 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jozy Altidore scored the game's only goal in the ninth minute.
- That match is the only time the U.S. has played Guadeloupe as the USA dominated with a 21-5 shots advantage (5-0 on goal).
- The USA most recently played at Sporting Park on Oct. 16, 2012, posting a 3-1 victory against Guatemala and advancing to the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Clint Dempsey scored his 29th and 30th career goals to tie Brian McBride for third on the all-time U.S. MNT scoring list.
- The U.S. has outscored its opposition 4-1 in the young history at the venue.