Sep 30, 2012; Commerce City, CO, USA; An overall view of Dick

1/16 Soccer News & Notes: Hex to Colorado, Holden Returns, Livestrong No Longer


Fans were getting anxious for the sites of the home hexagonal World Cup qualifying matches to be announced and U.S. Soccer finally confirmed the location for the March 22nd match.  The Ticos will be coming to Colorado in the first home match for qualifying in the CONCACAF format.  Costa Rica us expected to encounter cold temperatures and altitude.  However, altitude should not have a large affect on Costa Rican players that play domestically at San José are over 4000 feet above sea level.  This will be the second World Cup qualifier held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.  The 18,000 seat stadium is home to the Colorado Rapids.  This math is paired with the away match at Mexico so the altitude could help the U.S. players in the away match.

We had Commerce City on our predictions post back in December as a site that was gaining steam.  Given the temperatures and the ability to help get U.S. players ready for Mexico, it is a good choice. 

The hard-fought comeback by Stuart Holden began a new chapter yesterday as he played 16 minutes in Bolton’s 2-0 win over Sunderland in the FA Cup.  The win set up a match with Bolton on January 26th.  It was Holden’s second appearance in 22 months as Tim Ream watched from the Bolton bench.  In other FA Cup action, Geoff Cameron and Stoke beat Crystal Palace 4-1 in extra time.  Cameron did pick up a yellow in the second half.

 

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