US finalise playing June 8 Trinidad qualifier in Colorado

CHICAGO: The US Soccer Federation finalised its decision to play its June 8 qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago at Commerce City, Colorado.

The game will start at 7:50 p.m. EDT, the USSF said Monday. The Americans play three days later at Mexico.

In preparation for the matches, the US is likely to play an exhibition earlier in June at Sandy, Utah. All three matches will be played at altitude, with the Rio Utah match at about at 4,500 feet, the Colorado game at 5,200 feet and the Azteca Stadium qualifier 7,820 feet.

After opening the final round of the North and Central American region with a home loss to Mexico and a road defeat at Costa Rica, the US beat Honduras at home and tied at Panama.

Mexico leads the hexagonal with 10 points, followed by Costa Rica with seven, Panama with five, the US and Honduras with four each, and Trinidad with three.

The top three nations qualify for the World Cup, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against Asia's fifth-place nation.