CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – U.S. Soccer has selected Red Bull Arena to host the FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica on September 1 in Harrison, New Jersey.
Matchday 7 and the USA’s penultimate home game in the Final Round will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision Networks (6:30 p.m. ET start, with pregame coverage on Univision Networks at 6 p.m. ET).
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, so the MNT is on a mission to #Get3 points at home once again. Following that match, the United States heads to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras on Sept. 5 at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
“This is going to be a critical game for us against one of the toughest opponents in CONCACAF,” Arena said. “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.