The U.S. men's national soccer team will play a rare Miami game on Oct. 8 against Honduras at Sun Life Stadium. It is the first U.S. match in South Florida in seven years.
The match falls on an international fixture date, which gives new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full "A'' roster, including players based overseas.
Kickoff for the nationally-televised friendly (Univision, Fox Soccer) is set for 6 p.m., which will pose a conflict for Jewish fans, many of whom observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, until sundown.
“Honduras is a team that we may see in World Cup qualifying, so this is a very good opportunity for our players,” said Klinsmann. “Honduras is a skillful team, and you could see their quality in the last World Cup. These are important experiences for our team as we prepare for next summer.”
The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 edge over Honduras dating back to 1965.
The series has included meaningful games in recent years. On Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula, the U.S. won 3-2 to secure a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, Honduras earned a spot in the World Cup thanks to a dramatic 2-2 tie between the U.S. and Costa Rica.
"The Catrachos'', as the Honduran players are known, were semifinalists in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The last time the U.S. played in Miami was March 13, 2004, a 1-1 tie against Haiti.
Advance tickets start at $18 and go on sale Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations, and the Sun Life Stadium ticket office. For groups of 20 or more, go to ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game) are also available through ussoccer.com.