Red Bull Arena To Host World Cup Qualifier

Red Bull Arena
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The Road to Russia and the 2018 World Cup for the United States will make a stop in the New York area in early September.

Red Bull Arena will play host to the U.S. Men’s National Team as they face Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier on September 1. Matchday 7 and the USA’s penultimate home game in the Final Round will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision Networks with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

After a 2-0 win at home against Trinidad & Tobago and a massive point on the road against rivals Mexico, the United States is now 2-0-2 in World Cup Qualifying since Bruce Arena took over as head coach and has climbed into third place in the table of the six-team Final Round group, also known as the Hex. A victory at home against Costa Rica would be a huge step closer to qualifying for Russia.

Following that match, the United States heads to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras on September 5 at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

“This is going to be a critical game for us against one of the toughest opponents in CONCACAF,” said Arena. “Red Bull Arena is among the finest soccer facilities in the country, and we look forward to having outstanding support.”

Red Bull Arena is hosting a World Cup Qualifier for the first time. Coincidentally, the USA’s last visit to the venue also involved a matchup against Costa Rica, a 1-0 friendly defeat on Oct. 13, 2015.