USMNT’s path to 2016 Olympics runs through Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City


CONCACAF announced on Thursday the four hosts stadiums — Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., and Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah — for the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation’s 2015 qualification tournament which will determine the region’s two representatives at the 2016 Olympics.

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The U.S. Under-23 national team, which will be placed into Group A, will play its first two group games (Oct. 1 and 3) at Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City, before concluding the group stage (Oct. 6) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids. The USMNT is currently undefeated (3-0-0) across all age levels in the five-year history of Sporting Park, while the Yanks’ most recent trip to DSGP was the famous “Snow Clasico” of 2013.

Group B will see its first two group games (Oct. 2 and 4) play at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy, before shifting to DGSP for the final round of group games (Oct. 7).

The semifinal round, which will determine CONCACAF’s two Olympics berths, will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake, on Oct. 10, along with the final three days later.

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By playing the entirety of this fall’s qualification tournament in Major League Soccer stadiums, the likelihood of the USMNT playing in front of a largely pro-American crowd increases greatly, as the hosting MLS clubs will be able to offer tickets to current season-ticket holders first, or as Sporting KC have done, include tickets for both games in their fanbase’s pre-existing season-ticket package.

Andi Herzog is the head coach of the U.S. U-23 team. The draw for the tournament is scheduled for mid-August.