Dick's Sporting Goods Park to host USA vs. T&T World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. national team will return to suburban Denver for a Hexagonal meeting with the Soca Warriors on June 8.

The U.S. national team is returning to suburban Denver, with Dick's Sporting Goods Park selected to host a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on June 8.

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U.S. Soccer announced the decision Monday, marking the third straight cycle in which the Commerce City, Colorado, venue has hosted a qualifying match. The Colorado Rapids' home field famously was the site of the "Snowclasico" match in March 2013, which saw the U.S. record a 1-0 win over Costa Rica amid heavy snow.

"In a World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning games at home is critical," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said in a news release. "In all ways, Colorado provides a great environment for our team. We are at an important stage of the campaign, and we look forward to the great support."

The match will come three days before the Americans' trip to Mexico City to face El Tri. The Denver areas sits more than 5,000 feet above sea level, providing some acclimation to the Estadio Azteca's 7,000-plus-foot altitude.

Arena's side is fourth place in the Hexagonal — CONCACAF's six-team final stage of World Cup qualifying — at 1-2-1, with Trinidad and Tobago sitting last at 1-3-0. The top three teams earn automatic passage to Russia, with the fourth-place finisher slotted into a playoff with an Asian side for a World Cup berth.

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