MNT Nov 13, 2012
Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar, which is expecting a sellout crowd of more than 30,000 for the U.S. Men’s National Team match against FIFA No. 9-ranked Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes, was originally one of the stadiums listed on Russia’s official bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Russia was awarded the World Cup, but Kuban Stadium wasn’t selected as a World Cup venue. The stadium was constructed in 1961 and renovated four years ago. The two-team city of Krasnodar is home to both FC Kuban Krasnodar and FC Krasnodar. The teams play in the Russian Premier League and are separated by just six points in the most recent standings (FC Kuban Krasnodar has 25 points in seventh place, FC Krasnodar has 19 in ninth place through 15 matches).
The city of Krasnodar, located just less than 100 miles from the Black Sea, is home to approximately 750,000 citizens. You’ve got to think those Krasnodar derbies are pretty exciting!
Former Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake forward, Yura Movsisyan is the vice-captain of FC Krasnodar and led the team in goals scored last season with 14. He’s currently second in the league with nine goals.