USA’s World Cup qualifer at Trinidad to be held at tiny Ato Boldon Stadium

The USA ultimate World Cup qualifying match towards Trinidad and Tobago will happen at 10,000-seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva

The USA last World Cup qualifying match towards Trinidad and Tobago will happen at 10,000-seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva relatively than 27,000-capacity Hasely Crawford Stadium within the capital of Port-of-Spain.

Fifa confirmed the 10 October match on the smaller-than-usual venue will kick off at 8pm ET, concurrently the opposite two matches on the ultimate day of Concacafs qualifying hexagonal: Mexico at Honduras and Costa Rica at Panama.

Bruce Arenas aspect faces Panama of their penultimate qualifier on 6 October in Orlando, Florida, and will enter the ultimate matchday of Concacafs hexagonal unsure of qualifying for the primary time since 1989. That yr, Paul Caligiuris winner at Nationwide Stadium as Hasely Crawford was then recognized lifted the USA into the World Cup for the primary time since 1950.

Mexico has clinched one of many areas three automated berths and Costa Rica is on the verge of clinching, having assured themselves no worse than fourth and a play-off. Panama is third with 10 factors with america in fourth on 9, degree with Honduras however a cushty eight objectives forward on aim distinction.

The fourth-place group meets Australia or Syria in a two-leg playoff for a berth.

No purpose was given for the change after the Soca Warriors had performed almost all of their earlier house qualifiers in Port-of-Spain, however TTFA vice chairman Ewing Davis has beforehand talked about the twin advantages of lesser bills and extra visceral crowd help on the smaller venue.

On the Hasely Crawford Stadium we incur money owed of over $120,000 every for the providers of each the police and the hearth providers, which might be a lot much less on the Ato Boldon, Davis informed the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian in July. There are additionally further bills we have now to cope with which I consider shall be cheaper on the Couva venue.

On the Ato Boldon the gamers are nearer to the gang and can be impacted by the help of the gang greater than in Mucurapo.

The announcement managed to attract a touch of criticism from Ato Boldon himself, the four-time Olympic medalist who’s the stadiums namesake.

Followers completely hated going to the final WCQ recreation performed there, so this isn’t a very good look, Boldon tweeted on Friday afternoon.

Learn extra: https://www.theguardian.com/soccer/2017/sep/15/usa-trinidad-tiny-ato-boldon-stadium

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