USMNT Rumors: Team to Face Colombia in September Friendly

courtesy of US Soccer Facebook page

courtesy of US Soccer Facebook page

There is a possibility that Colombia made head to San Antonio, TX to face off against the USMNT for a friendly on September 9th. Colombia is coming off a sensational run in the 2014 World Cup that saw them fall in the quarterfinals to host nation, Brazil.

It appears as if the USMNT will have a busy September, October and November. They already have a friendly scheduled against the Czech Republic in Prague on September 3rd. They have arranged for a friendly on October 14th against Ecuador with yet to be determined location within the United States. The team will also have to travel to Dublin on November 18th to play against the Republic of Ireland.

Colombia will already be in the United States as they will face Brazil in Miami on September 5th, and are also scheduled to play Ecuador somewhere on US soil on October 10th.

Both matches in September fall on FIFA international dates, so it is possible that James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado could all play against the United States. Rodriguez became a star in Brazil as he won the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer in the tournament and he was also named to the all-tournament team. He recently signed with reigning European champions, Real Madrid in one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far.

I could see head  coach Jurgen Klinsmann using two different squads for these two matches. Using a more European based for the friendly in Prague and mainly MLS players for the match in San Antonio.

The Alamodome is one of the most iconic venues in Texas, but is currently used primarily for non-sports related events. In the past it has it has also played host to NCAA college football and basketball, high school football, Major League Baseball and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.

I will be curious to see if natural grass is laid down for this match as it currently uses artificial turf. If they played on the artificial surface it would mark a break from tradition for the USMNT playing in the United States. The last time they played on an artificial surface came against Belize in Portland’s Providence Park during the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year. It’s unclear if a temporary grass surface will be used in San Antonio the way it was at both Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in April and at CenturyLink Field in Seattle in June 2013.

Regardless what surface they play on, I am excited to see how San Antonio will support the national team. The NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions currently play in the 8,000-seat Toyota Stadium and it is rumored that San Antonio would like to be one of the teams added in MLS’ further expansion to their goal of 24 teams.

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Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.





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