There is some strategy in selecting Dick’s Sporting Goods in Commerce City,Colo. as the World Cup qualifying venue for the United States’ next CONCACAF hexagonal match against Trinidad & Tobago June 8.
It is a mile high, which will allow the Americans to train at altitude for that game and the next qualifier, which just happens to be in another high altitude city — Mexico City June 11.
The event is set for 5:50 p.m. ET (FS1 and Univision Networks).
Sitting in fourth place after four matches, the home game against T&T presents a huge opportunity to earn three points and maintain momentum at the halfway point of the six-team final round.
“In a World Cup qualifying campaign, winning games at home is critical,” U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “In all ways, Colorado provides a great environment for our team. We are at an important stage of the campaign, and we look forward to the great support.”
And a great place to train for Mexico.
DSG Park is hosting a qualifier for the third consecutive qualifying cycle. The U.S. has posted two shutout victories, including the famous Snowclasico in 2013 against Costa Rica. The United States is 4-1-0 in Colorado since 1991.
Tickets go on sale to the public in the US Friday, April 14, at noon ET at ussoccer.com.