California to host vital USMNT 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Honduras on March 24 | INSIDER

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team will play their all-important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Honduras in California.

The USMNT will host Honduras in the close confines of San Jose's Avaya Stadium on Friday, March 24. The venue, which seats a scant 18,000 people will be the site of the Bay Area's first World Cup qualifier match since 1997. 

"This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," Arena said in a statement by U.S. Soccer. "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."

The United States face a must-win match against the Catrachos after dropping their first two World Cup qualifier matches to Mexico and Costa Rica, ultimately leading in the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann and the hiring of  Arena. 

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