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Soccer Treat Coming to Seattle

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Eddie Johnson (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Eddie Johnson (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Northwest soccer fans have been hoping for the announcement, and finally got one today from the U.S. Men’s National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  Seattle’s CenturyLink Field will host a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match June 11 against Panama.

The other three remaining home qualifiers for the Americans will be played June 18 in Sandy, Utah against Honduras, September 10 against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, and October 11 at Kansas City against Jamaica.

The United States is trying to advance from its regional group into World Cup 2014 in Brazil.  The Americans lost their qualifying opener 2-1 in Honduras. Their first home match against Costa Rica is Friday night at Commerce City, Colorado.

The June 11 match will be only the second World Cup Qualifying game ever played in Seattle.  The first was more than 35 years ago when the U.S. defeated Canada.  The success of the MLS Seattle Sounders had a tremendous influence on CenturyLink Field landing this important event.

We are really excited about the venues we have selected for our home World Cup qualifiers,” said coach Klinsmann during a live announcement on ESPN SportsCenter.   “Winning our games at home is crucial, and we know that at each of these stadiums we will get amazing support from the fans.”

Sounders forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans could be part of that June 11 match against Panama.  Johnson told 1090TheFan’s Steve Sandemeyer Show earlier this month, “It’ll be exciting. This is our home. CenturyLink, that’s our office.  Playing in front of 40-thousand plus fans every weekend, that’s a blessing.  I’m sure me and Brad will be looking forward to playing in that game here.”

Tickets for all three home games in June go on sale to the public Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. local time through ussoccer.com.   For the Seattle match, sales will be limited to eight tickets per household.  Visa is offering its cardholders access to an advanced sale Friday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local venue time.

I was fortunate to see a World Cup match while traveling in Germany.  It was an electric event which hooked me on the “beautiful game”, a sport I’ve been playing for most of my life.

-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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