Monday, November 15, 2010
U.S. opens 2011 campaign at HDC
By Scott French
The expected U.S. Soccer announcement of its Home Depot Opener came down Monday afternoon. The game is, indeed, against Chile, and it will be played Saturday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.
The game will conclude a camp in Carson for the Americans, who are preparing for next summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Details on the camp, which traditionally includes players from Major League Soccer -- including the top young players from the previous season -- national team veterans who play in Scandinavia and in fall-to-spring leagues with winter breaks, is tentatively slated for Jan. 3-22.
Chile, like the U.S., reached the round of 16 at the World Cup in South Africa. It is preparing for next summer's Copa America, South America's nations championship.
Tickets are on sale Friday.
The U.S. has started its year with games at Home Depot Center in 2004 and 2007-10, and it also played a January friendly in Carson in 2006. The Americans also used the venue for two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in 2007 and a World Cup qualifier in 2008. Their record at HDC is 7-1-1.
U.S. games at Home Depot Center:
Jan 18, 2004: U.S. 1, Denmark 1
Jan. 29, 2006: U.S. 5, Norway 0
Jan. 20, 2007: U.S. 3, Denmark 1
June 7, 2007: U.S. 1, Guatemala 0
June 9, 2007: U.S. 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Jan. 19, 2008: U.S. 2, Sweden 0
June 15, 2008: U.S. 8, Barbados 0
Jan. 24, 2009: U.S. 3, Sweden 2
Jan. 23, 2010: Honduras 3, U.S. 1
Jan. 22, 2011: U.S. vs. Chile