The U.S. men’s national soccer team will make a rare appearance in South Florida, playing a friendly against Honduras on Oct. 14 at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton. The 8 p.m. match will be on ESPN.
It will be the first time the U.S. team plays in Palm Beach County. The U.S. federation has avoided playing matches against Latin American teams in South Florida because it can often feel like a road game because of the strong support for Latin American teams here. The match falls on an official FIFA international play date, so all U.S. players should be available.
Honduras competed in the past two World Cups. The U.S. holds a 14-4-3 record against Los Catrachos. The teams last met in the semis of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the U.S. won 3-1.
“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the men’s national team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida and at the FAU ticket office. Visa cardholders can buy tickets at 10 a.m. Thursday at ussoccer.com.
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