San Jose to host crucial USA-Honduras Hexagonal game in March

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The U.S. will return to the Bay Area for the first time since the opening match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario against Colombia in Santa Clara.

U.S. Soccer has announced that Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, will host the crucial Hexagonal match between the United States and Honduras on March 24.

Coverage of the match will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and Univision networks. 

The game will be the first time the U.S. men's national team has played at Avaya Stadium, which opened in 2015. It will also be the USA's first Hexagonal match in the Bay Area since a 3-0 win over Canada at Stanford Stadium in March 1997.

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"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said in a news release. "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." 

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The game will mark Arena's competitive return to the U.S. national team. The former LA Galaxy manager last coached the U.S. in a competitive match in the final game of the 2006 World Cup group stage, a 2-1 loss to Ghana that knocked the U.S. out of the tournament. 

Following defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica to begin the Hexagonal, the U.S. is be in desperate need of three points against Honduras. Arena's team travels to Panama City to face Panama four days after taking on Honduras. 

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