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 in San Jose, Calif., to host the critical World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Honduras March 24.
Kickoff for the first final round encounter in the Bay Area since 1997 is set for 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1 and Univision networks).
"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," U.S. 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."
The match will be the first qualifier since Arena took over as coach last November, when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after losing the first two games of the Hexagonal phase of qualifying. The game 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. The team will have little time to train.
This will be the USMNT's first trip to Avaya Stadium and second to the Bay Area in a year, having played its opening match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario against Colombia in Santa Clara.
Due to the anticipated high demand for and limited supply of tickets, U.S. Soccer will use a lottery system to allocate tickets.
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 applications included in an early lottery selection phase before the inclusion of applications from the general public.
Individual households or places of business can request a maximum of four tickets and to apply only once. Following the application phase, a computer program will randomly select those who are to receive tickets. Successful applicants will be notified.
Those who are part of the early lottery selection phase will be sent instructions by U.S. Soccer regarding the application process before the U.S.-Jamaica game in Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 3.