TAMPA - The U.S. men's national soccer team begins its quest for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tonight at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. will host Antigua and Barbuda.
This will be the first World Cup qualifier in Florida since the U.S. defeated Mexico 2-1 in 1980 in Fort Lauderdale.
"Our focus since last summer has been to prepare this team for World Cup qualifying, and we are thrilled that we can start the process in Tampa," said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "It's critical that we start qualifying off on the right foot, so to be in a place where the team has had such great support is a huge positive for us. The players always talk about how great the surface is at Raymond James Stadium, so overall we think is the ideal venue."
The U.S. has never played Antigua or Barbuda.
With a 3-2-1 record, this will be the United States' seventh appearance in Tampa dating back to 1985.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at ussoccer.com , ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000 Prices start at $22.
Tonight's game starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN3 and Univision.
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