Gulati tells FOX Sports that Denver is a candidate for Hexagonal
Commerce City, Colo. - The road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil may be going through Denver for the U.S. Men's National Team.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati told FOX Soccer's Grant Wahl that Denver is a possible candidate to host one of the USMNT's five home matches in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (Watch video above).
"I don't think there would be any surprised," Gulati said, noting that Columbus, Kansas City, Salt Lake and Philadelphia have all been good hosts. "Denver has been a good venue for us...Because of the development of MLS venues, we now have a situation where we can go into stadiums that are the perfect size for us, ensure that we're going to have a home crowd, with a perfect playing surface. I think you'll see us play in a number of MLS venues. It won't be exclusively that, but you'll see mostly MLS venues."
The USMNT will play home and away matches against Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and Jamaica from February through October of next year. The top three teams will qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The fourth place team would face a playoff series against a team from the Oceano Confederation for another berth.
Last month Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey said the organization had already expressed interest being a host.
"We very much want to continue to be part of the national soccer scene," Hinchey told ColoradoRaipds.com. "We have reached out to U.S. Soccer to let them know we would want to be considered as an option to host one of the Hexagonal matches next year."
Dick's Sporting Goods Park was one of eight venues that hosted USMNT matches during the 2010 World Cup cycle. The U.S. defeated Guatemala 2-0 on November 19, 2008 in the final match of the Semifinal Round. The U.S. men are 3-1-0 all-time in matches against other national teams in Colorado, including a 1-0 win over Mexico in 2002 and a 1-0 loss to Scotland in 1992.