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U.S. men will play Costa Rica in Colorado

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The U.S. men's soccer team will head to the Rocky Mountains for its first home game in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Team USA will play Costa Rica on March 22 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The game in the mile-high air figures to provide good preparation for the U.S. team, which will play the Mexican team at Mexico City on March 26.

"We are really excited to play our first home qualifying match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, according to U.S. Soccer's website. "Winning games at home in World Cup qualifying is crucial, and we really are expecting the fans in Colorado to bring us a huge home-field advantage."

The Colorado game will be the U.S. team's second in the six-team round robin among the top teams in the North America, Central America and Caribbean region (CONCACAF). The U.S. opens the "hexagonal" with a game at Honduras on Feb. 6.

The top three teams from the hexagonal automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The fourth-place CONCACAF team will enter a two-game playoff against the Oceania Region champion, with the winner also heading to Brazil.

The other teams in the CONCACAF hexagonal are Jamaica and Panama.

U.S. Soccer has yet to announce sites for home games June 11 vs. Panama, June 18 vs. Honduras, Sept. 10 vs. Mexico and Oct. 11 vs. Jamaica.

The U.S. team has qualified for the past six World Cups. The Americans' best result in that span was a quarterfinal loss in the 2002 Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.
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