"Sporting Park has become a great venue for all fans and the U.S. National Team. The energy and noise here is unrivaled, and the atmosphere for the World Cup qualifier on October 11th will be incredible," said Sporting CEO Robb Heineman in a release.
The United States plays 10 round-robin games against five other teams (Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Panama). The top three teams receive automatic bids to the World Cup next year. The fourth-place team still has a chance to qualify through a play-in series of two games against the champion of the Oceania Confederation (which includes Pacific island countries and New Zealand).
In it's second qualifying game, the United States plays Costa Rica tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Costa Rica tied Panama 2-2 in its first match, while the U.S. lost 2-1 to Honduras. Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are with the national team for the match against Costa Rica and the upcoming contest against Mexico slated for next Tuesday.