Eye on the Opponent – MILE HIGH: Commerce City qualifier vs. T&T allows U.S. men to train for Mexico City WCQ


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.