Two World Cup Qualifiers Set for Foxboro Stadium
CHICAGO (Thursday, January 18, 2001) - Historic Foxboro Stadium has been selected to host two crucial World Cup qualifying matches for the U.S. Men's National Team, against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, June 20 (7:30 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & Telemundo) and against Jamaica on Sunday, October 7. The match against Jamaica is the fifth and final home qualifier for the U.S. The U.S. Men have never lost at Foxboro Stadium, posting a 5-0-3 all-time record in the Boston borough.
The United States previously played two important final round qualifying matches at Foxboro Stadium on their march to the 1998 World Cup, drawing 2-2 with Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd of 57,407 on April 20, 1997, and topping El Salvador 4-2 on November 16, 1997, in a match attended by 53,193. In their most recent match at Foxboro, the Americans recorded a huge 7-0 win against Barbados in semifinal World Cup qualifying play on August 16, 2000.
"Boston has been a great home for U.S. Soccer," said U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena. "We know that whenever we play at Foxboro we will always have a great crowd behind us, and the atmosphere will be even better for these important World Cup qualifiers."
The June 20 match against Trinidad & Tobago will be the USA's fifth match in the final round of qualifying and will mark the halfway point of the World Cup qualification process. That game will be played just four days after the Americans face Jamaica in Kingston on June 16, and will be followed by the New England Revolution hosting the Colorado Rapids as part of an MLS doubleheader.
The United States has been very successful in the past against Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying, compiling an undefeated 5-0-1 record. The U.S. twice defeated Trinidad & Tobago in qualifiers leading up to the 1998 World Cup, and recorded one of the biggest victories in U.S. Soccer history in Trinidad in 1989 when Paul Caligiuri's historic goal sent the U.S. to their first World Cup in 40 years.
Trinidad & Tobago finished the semifinal qualifying phase atop their group, and posted an impressive 1-0 win against Mexico. They are led by Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and former MLS star Stern John.
The U.S.-Jamaica match at Foxboro on Oct. 7 will be the USA's final home game of qualifying and their ninth of ten final round qualifiers overall. Against Jamaica, the U.S. also has an undefeated record, posting five wins and four ties in nine all-time matches. However, the U.S. hasn't beaten the "Reggae Boyz" since 1994, battling them to three straight draws, including two during the final round of 1998 World Cup qualifying in which both teams would eventually advance to France 1998.
No timetable has been finalized for an announcement on the host venue for the only remaining U.S. home match, the Sept. 1-2 showdown against Honduras.
Tickets for both games are currently available only as part of the New England Revolution 2001 Season Ticket Package. For more information contact the Revolution at 877-GET-REVS. Individual and group tickets for Foxboro matches will range from $30-$80 and will go on sale at a later date.