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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Men’s National Team could be playing their first home game following the World Cup against one of the tournament’s most exciting teams.
According to a report in San Antonio, the USMNT are set to face Colombia in a friendly match on Sept. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The match, which falls on an official FIFA date, would be the USMNT’s second since the World Cup following an already announced friendly match at the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, but first match at home since June.
If true, stars such as James Rodriguez for Colombia and Nacogdoches, Texas native Clint Dempsey could grace the field against one another in the 65,000 seat-capacity Alamodome. U.S. Soccer has yet to issue a formal announcement about the friendly match but the report states that one is expected on Thursday.
The stadium hosted a San Antonio-record crowd of 54,313 for Mexico’s 4-0 friendly win over South Korea.
Colombia, ranked fourth in FIFA’s World Rankings, became the neutral’s favorites during their impressive five-match run to the quarterfinals, the farthest they’ve ever gone in their World Cup history. In addition to Rodriguez, Colombia features Juan Cuadrado, Fredy Guarin, and still recovering forward Radamel Falcao.
Prior reports has the U.S. working on a friendly match against Ecuador in October and another match against the Republic of Ireland in November, though neither friendly has been officially confirmed by U.S. Soccer.
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