U.S. World Cup qualifying schedule

November 8, 2012

The U.S. national team’s final-round path to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will begin with a trip to Honduras in February, the first of 10 matches in CONCACAF’s hexagonal. Three of the six nations will qualify for the World Cup and a fourth advances to a playoff against the Oceania champion.

With the schedule set, the U.S. Soccer Federation will begin weighing venue options for the home matches.

The Americans have traditionally played Mexico in Columbus and would probably look to play opponents with large immigrant populations (Honduras and Jamaica) in smaller cities, such as Kansas City and Salt Lake City. There is more flexibility in choosing locations for home matches against Costa Rica and Panama.

The NFL stadium in Nashville is a USSF favorite. And although Seattle, MLS’s runaway attendance leader, has missed out on U.S. matches because Qwest Field is covered with artificial turf, don’t be surprised if the Emerald City enters the preliminary discussion this time around. (Temporary grass would have to be installed.)

Another factor: Where the U.S. team is traveling from in its previous match or traveling to in its next qualifier.

The full schedule:

Feb. 6

USA at Honduras

Jamaica at Mexico

Costa Rica at Panama

March 22

Costa Rica at USA

Mexico at Honduras

Panama at Jamaica

March 26

USA at Mexico

Honduras at Panama

Jamaica at Costa Rica

June 4

Mexico at Jamaica (Mexico plays a single early game this month to avoid conflicts with the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, June 15-30)

June 7

USA at Jamaica

Mexico at Panama

Honduras at Costa Rica

June 11

Panama at USA

Costa Rica at Mexico

Jamaica at Honduras

June 18

Honduras at USA

Panama at Costa Rica

Sept. 6

USA at Costa Rica

Jamaica at Panama

Honduras at Mexico

Sept. 10

Mexico at USA

Panama at Honduras

Costa Rica at Jamaica

Oct. 11

Jamaica at USA

Costa Rica at Honduras

Panama at Mexico

Oct. 15

USA at Panama

Honduras at Jamaica

Mexico at Costa Rica

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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