KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 30, 2017
The United States will take on Honduras in the March 24 World Cup qualifier at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, according to a statement released on the US Soccer website on Sunday.
This will mark the first World Cup qualifier to be played in the Bay Area since 1997.
The US will be looking to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track as they collected no points in their first two games last year - a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, and a 4-0 drubbing in Costa Rica.
This will also be the first competitive game for US coach Bruce Arena since taking over the reins of the team in November after the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann. And the importance of that game has not gone unnoticed by the coach.
"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," said Arena in a statement. "We think it's a place where we will get fantastic support from the U.S. fans in a game that's critical for our effort to qualify for Russia in 2018."
The US will also be looking to have a better result than the last time they played in the Bay Area as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their first group in the Copa America Centenario last year.