U.S. Soccer

Salt Lake City to Host World Cup Qualifying Warm-up on June 3 against Venezuela

CHICAGO (April 17, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has selected Rio Tinto Stadium to host the USA’s World Cup Qualifying tune-up on June 3 against Venezuela. Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium, is set for 8 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and UDN (with a pregame show on UDN starting at 7 p.m. MT). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

The match against Venezuela comes at a critical time for the United States, just five days before a key home World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago in Denver followed by a visit to the famed Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

“Salt Lake City has always been a fantastic host for the National Team,” U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena said. “When you combine the elements of the fan support, the stadium and the altitude, it’s a perfect match as we prepare for the critical World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.”

Tickets for the match in Utah go on sale to the public Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 844-REAL-TIX (844-732-5849) (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com. 

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The MNT holds a perfect 3-0-0 record at the home of Real Salt Lake, including a pair of victories in World Cup Qualifying. Overall, the U.S. has won all four of its matches in Utah.

This will be the fourth meeting between the United States and Venezuela, with the USA posting a commanding 3-0-1 lead in the series. U.S. captain Michael Bradley earned his first cap for the MNT against Venezuela during the Send-Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Graham Zusi made his MNT debut six years later in the 1-0 win to open the USA’s 2012 campaign.

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MNT Apr 17, 2017

GALLERY: MNT in Salt Lake City Through the Years

Photos of the U.S. Men's National Team throughout the years in Salt Lake City, Utah. The MNT will play a World Cup Qualifying tune-up match on June 3 against Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium. The MNT holds a perfect 3-0-0 record at the home of Real Salt Lake, including a pair of victories in World Cup Qualifying. Overall, the U.S. has won all four of its matches in Utah.

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MNT Apr 17, 2017

PREVIEW: U.S. MNT Set for WCQ Warmup vs. Venezuela in Utah

The U.S. Men’s National Team will kick off its summer schedule June 3 when they take on Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The game will serve as a warm-up for the MNT’s two important World Cup Qualifiers at home against Trinidad & Tobago (June 8 in Commerce City, Colo.), and away to Mexico (June 11 in Mexico City). If your geographical side is setting off alarm bells, don’t ignore them – the MNT is going for altitude training throughout its June camp as the team ramps up for that showdown with Mexico at Estadio Azteca. 

“We think that we have a better chance of being acclimatized with two weeks of training and following procedures that we think will help our players adjust,” Arena said recently. “We want to have our best chance to leave Mexico City and Denver with some points.”

With Rio Tinto Stadium sitting at 4,449 feet, Bruce Arena’s side will get its first test at elevation against La Vinotinto, climb to 5,164 feel for the June 8 qualifier against T&T before the much anticipated visit to Azteca, which sits at 7,382 feet in the Mexican capital.

A History in Utah

Since its inaugural season in 2005, Real Salt Lake has received great support from the fans on the Wasatch Front and the U.S. MNT’s visits there have been no different. The USA’s first visit actually came at RSL’s initial home – Rice Eccles Stadium – that same year, when a Landon Donovan brace and an heroic performance from Kasey Keller led the MNT to a resounding 3-0 Final Round World Cup Qualifying shutout against Costa Rica in front of 40,586 fans on June 4, 2005.

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MNT Apr 17, 2017

PREVIEW: U.S. MNT Set for WCQ Warmup vs. Venezuela in Utah

The U.S. Men’s National Team will kick off its summer schedule June 3 when they take on Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The game will serve as a warm-up for the MNT’s two important World Cup Qualifiers at home against Trinidad & Tobago (June 8 in Commerce City, Colo.), and away to Mexico (June 11 in Mexico City). If your geographical side is setting off alarm bells, don’t ignore them – the MNT is going for altitude training throughout its June camp as the team ramps up for that showdown with Mexico at Estadio Azteca. 

“We think that we have a better chance of being acclimatized with two weeks of training and following procedures that we think will help our players adjust,” Arena said recently. “We want to have our best chance to leave Mexico City and Denver with some points.”

With Rio Tinto Stadium sitting at 4,449 feet, Bruce Arena’s side will get its first test at elevation against La Vinotinto, climb to 5,164 feel for the June 8 qualifier against T&T before the much anticipated visit to Azteca, which sits at 7,382 feet in the Mexican capital.

A History in Utah

Since its inaugural season in 2005, Real Salt Lake has received great support from the fans on the Wasatch Front and the U.S. MNT’s visits there have been no different. The USA’s first visit actually came at RSL’s initial home – Rice Eccles Stadium – that same year, when a Landon Donovan brace and an heroic performance from Kasey Keller led the MNT to a resounding 3-0 Final Round World Cup Qualifying shutout against Costa Rica in front of 40,586 fans on June 4, 2005.

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MNT Apr 17, 2017
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