U.S. MNT Returns to Columbus for FIFA World Cup Qualifying to Face Jamaica on Sept. 11
Columbus Crew Stadium to Host MNT for First Time Since 2009; Second Home Match of Semifinal Round to be Broadcast Live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Univision Family of Networks at 8 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (May 2, 2012) â€“ The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will return to welcome territory when it hosts Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 11 for the second home match of Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff in Columbus, where the USA has never lost, is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Univision family of networks. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Ticket information will be available at a later date.
â€œPlaying a World Cup qualifier in Columbus makes perfect sense, from the quality of the venue to the amazing history the U.S. team has at Columbus Crew Stadium,â€ said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. â€œThe support of the home crowd for these qualifiers can be a big positive for the team, and the fans in Columbus have shown time and time again how much they appreciate the National Team. I have always heard how great a host Columbus is for these games, and Iâ€™m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.â€
The United States will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Semifinal Round opener kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, with live coverage on ESPN, ESPN3 and the Univision family of networks. (TICKETS)
U.S. MNT in Columbus:
- The U.S. holds an unbeaten 5-0-3 record lifetime at Columbus Crew Stadium dating back to 2000
- Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted six World Cup qualifiers, with the USA collecting four wins and two draws
- The U.S. has surrendered only one goal in eight matches in Columbus, outscoring opponents 12-1 in that span
- Columbus was the site of the last USA-Jamaica meeting in World Cup qualifying, a 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in the final match of the semifinal phase
- The stadium has hosted the USAâ€™s home qualifier against Mexico in the Final Round for the last three consecutive World Cup qualifying cycles, with the United States collecting identical 2-0 scorelines in 2001,2005 and 2009.
- The United States has never lost to Jamaica, collecting a 10-0-8 record dating back to 1988
- On U.S. soil, the record stands at 8-0-3
- Interestingly, the teams have drawn six times out of the eight meetings in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. has won two and tied two in home qualifying encounters
- One of the most famous victories in World Cup qualifying history for the United States came Oct. 7, 2001, when two goals from Joe-Max Moore would lead the U.S. to a 2-1 win that, combined with an unlikely series of results, booked the USAâ€™s ticket to the 2002 FIFA World Cup
Guatemala joins Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica and the United States in Group A. Each opponent will meet twice, once at home and once away, in round robin play. The top two teams from each of three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013. Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.
The U.S. will play a series of friendlies in preparation for the start of qualifying, first meeting Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network in the channelâ€™s debut broadcast of a U.S. National Team game, as well as the Univision family of networks.
Following the match against Scotland, the U.S. continues its competition against the worldâ€™s top teams when it hosts five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Wednesday, May 30, in Landover, Md. (TICKETS)
Kickoff for the USAâ€™s first ever match at FedExField is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.