January 29, 2017
KNOWING THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
Avaya Stadium to host USA-Honduras WCQ March 24
It's official. U.S. Soccer has selected Avaya Stadium to host the critical World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras in San Jose, Calif. March 24.
Kickoff for the first final round encounter in the Bay Area since 1997 is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on FS1 and Univision networks.
"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," U.S. head coach Bruce 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 of the hexagonal, the U.S. will seek to earn a victory at home against Honduras. The match in San Jose will be the first qualifier since Arena took over as head coach of the last November, when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired.
The game also will be Arena's 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.
The game 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, Tenn.