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December 17, 2008 at 1:12 PM

USA-Mexico stays in Columbus

This from the Associated Press; apparently, Seattle wasn’t a finalist for the game:

CHICAGO — The United States will play a home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus Crew Stadium for the third straight time, following victories in 2001 and 2005.

The Feb. 11 match will be the U.S. opener of the final round of World Cup qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Starting time and ticket information were not announced.

In what some called the Guerra Fria (Cold War) because of a 29-degree game-time temperature, the United States defeated Mexico 2-0 on Feb. 28, 2001, on goals by Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart.

The Americans also beat Mexico 2-0 in Crew Stadium on Sept. 3, 2005, as Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley scored, clinching a fifth consecutive World Cup spot for the United States.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced only the site of its home match against Mexico. It still must pick venues for four other home qualifiers. The Americans play at Mexico on Aug. 12.

The United States is 4-0-3 in Crew Stadium, including 3-0-2 in World Cup qualifiers. The Americans are 8-0-2 at home against the Mexicans since 2000, outscoring them 17-3.

Salt Lake City and Washington were the other finalists for the Feb. 11 match.

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