The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to welcome territory when it hosts Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 11 for the second home match of Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff in Columbus, where the USA has never lost, is set for 8 p.m. ET.
“Playing a World Cup qualifier in Columbus makes perfect sense, from the quality of the venue to the amazing history the U.S. team has at Columbus Crew Stadium,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“The support of the home crowd for these qualifiers can be a big positive for the team, and the fans in Columbus have shown time and time again how much they appreciate the National Team. I have always heard how great a host Columbus is for these games, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.”
The United States will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Semifinal Round opener kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.
U.S. MNT in Columbus:
– The U.S. holds an unbeaten 5-0-3 record lifetime at Columbus Crew Stadium dating back to 2000
– Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted six World Cup qualifiers, with the USA collecting four wins and two draws
– The U.S. has surrendered only one goal in eight matches in Columbus, outscoring opponents 12-1 in that span
– Columbus was the site of the last USA-Jamaica meeting in World Cup qualifying, a 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in the final match of the semifinal phase
– The stadium has hosted the USA’s home qualifier against Mexico in the Final Round for the last three consecutive World Cup qualifying cycles, with the United States collecting identical 2-0 scorelines in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
– On U.S. soil, the record stands at 8-0-3
– Interestingly, the teams have drawn six times out of the eight meetings in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. has won two and tied two in home qualifying encounters
– One of the most famous victories in World Cup qualifying history for the United States came Oct. 7, 2001, when two goals from Joe-Max Moore would lead the U.S. to a 2-1 win that, combined with an unlikely series of results, booked the USA’s ticket to the 2002 FIFA World Cup
Guatemala joins Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica and the United States in Group A. Each opponent will meet twice, once at home and once away, in round robin play. The top two teams from each of three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013. Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.
The U.S. will play a series of friendlies in preparation for the start of qualifying, first meeting Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
Following the match against Scotland, the U.S. continues its competition against the world’s top teams when it hosts five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Wednesday, May 30, in Landover, Md. Kickoff for the USA’s first ever match at FedExField is set for 8 p.m. ET.