Team USA to play at Rio Tinto in World Cup qualifier


The U.S. men’s national soccer team will host Honduras in front of a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto stadium tonight.

“We’ve played here before,” midfielder Michael Bradley said. “We know the people here love soccer.”

Team USA expects an enthusiastic and loud crowd in a pivotal game in the qualifying standings. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann was very complimentary of the crowd in Seattle and said he expects the same sort of environment tonight.

“I’m sure the fans will carry us through the game, help us to push the envelope, help us keep the energy high and help get these three points that we badly need,” Klinsmann said.

The U.S. sits atop the standings through five games with 10 points, and Honduras is in fourth place with seven. A win would extend the lead and put Team USA in great position to finish at least in the top three, clinching a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The game will kick off just after 7 p.m. MST and will be aired on ESPN.

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