U.S. to host Venezuela in Utah ahead of World Cup qual­i­fiers

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO | The United States will play Venezuela in an ex­hi­bi­tion on June 3 at Sandy, Utah, as the Amer­i­cans pre­pare for World Cup qual­i­fiers against Trinidad and Tobago, and Mex­ico.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena wants his play­ers to pre­pare at altitude ahead of their match at Mex­ico City.

The team is set to start train­ing on May 28 in the Den­ver area. Utah’s Rio Tinto Sta­dium is about 4,500 feet above sea level, and the June 8 qual­i­fier against Trinidad at Com­merce City, Colorado, will be at about 5,200 feet altitude.

Mex­ico City’s Azteca Sta­dium, where the Amer­i­cans play June 11, is at 7,820 feet.

Mex­ico leads the fi­nal round of the North and Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean re­gion with 10 points.

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