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USA-Costa Rica qualifier at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 22, 2013 at 8:35 am with No Comments »
March 21, 2013 9:46 pm

USSF100Here are the basics from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National Team looks to defend its home turf when it hosts Costa Rica in the second match of the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Friday, March 22, at a sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. and Costa Rica are part of the six-team Hexagonal along with Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format is contested from Feb. 6-Oct.10. The top three teams will automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.

U.S. Soccer is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and is hosting a number of events throughout the Centennial campaign.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup Qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa – 5/3 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake – 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 6/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby – 5/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes – 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla – 26/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake – 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma – 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana – 1/0), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo – 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 – 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City – 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna – 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC – 12/10)

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