CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has selected Avaya Stadium to host the critical FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Honduras on March 24 in San Jose. Kickoff for the first Final Round Qualifier in the Bay Area since 1997 is set for
7:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and Univision Networks. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
“This game is very important, and we’ve chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium,” Arena said. “We think it’s a place where we will get fantastic support from the U.S. fans in a game that’s critical for our effort to qualify for Russia in 2018.”
With no points from its first two matches in the Final Round, the U.S. will be looking to earn a victory at home against Honduras. The match in San Jose will be the first World Cup Qualifier since Bruce Arena took over as head coach of the MNT last November.
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In addition to being the first qualifier under Arena in this cycle, the game will also be his first opportunity to get the full complement of players together since no European-based players were available for the January Camp. As a result, the team will have precious little time to train before the huge game against Honduras.
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The match marks the MNT’s first trip to Avaya Stadium and the second to the Bay Area in a year, having played its opening match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario against Colombia in Santa Clara.
Information regarding ticket availability to the general public will be announced in the near future. Due to the anticipated high demand for and limited supply of tickets to the match, U.S. Soccer will use a lottery system to allocate tickets among those who apply. The process will ensure that those interested have a fair opportunity to attend the game.
Certain groups will have a greater chance in the lottery process compared to the general public. U.S. Soccer Members as of Jan. 13, 2017, and others in the U.S. Soccer community will have their applications included in an early lottery selection phase prior to the inclusion of those applications from the general public.
Individual households or places of business will have the opportunity to request a maximum of four tickets and to apply only once. Following the completion of the application phase, a computer program will randomly select those who are to receive tickets. The successful applicants will be notified and their transaction will be completed.
Those who are part of the early lottery selection phase will be sent instructions by U.S. Soccer regarding the application process prior to the MNT vs. Jamaica game Feb. 3 in Chattanooga.