U.S. considering 6 sites for World Cup qualifying
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Soccer Federation is considering six sites for its three possible home matches in the semifinals of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
In contention to host the games are Bridgeview, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Commerce City, Colo.; Frisco, Texas; Seattle; and Washington, D.C., U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said Thursday.
The United States, seeking its sixth straight World Cup berth, has a first-round bye and meets Barbados or Dominica in the second round, playing at Carson, Calif., on June 15 and in the Caribbean the following week.
If the U.S. advances, it would have home games Sept. 10 (most likely against Trinidad and Tobago), Oct. 11 (most likely Cuba) and Nov. 19 (most likely Guatemala).
The top two teams in the group advance to next year's six-nation finals of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. CONCACAF has three berths in the 32-nation World Cup, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against the No. 5 nation from South America.