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Rio Tinto Stadium to host World Cup qualifier

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Rio Tinto Stadium will be the host of a World Cup qualifying match between the United States and Honduras on June 18th.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake's home, Rio Tinto Stadium, will host its second World Cup qualifying match on June 18th when the United States takes on Honduras.

In 2009, the U.S. defeated El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium, 2-1.

Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando could be called up to play for team USA in their home MLS stadium.

The stadium, which opened in the fall of 2008, also hosted the 2009 MLS All-Star game and the second leg of the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League finals.

It also welcomed the US women's national team with a packed crowd for their final tune-up match before their gold-medal run in the 2012 London Olympics last summer, a 2-1 win over Canada.

“I think you will see us play in this round in five MLS venues and four soccer-specific stadiums,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said last month. “I think that is how it is shaping up. And none of the soccer-specific venues will be in New Jersey or in Los Angeles and so on. ... We will play generally in venues where the U.S. team has been successful in World Cup qualifying before.”

 
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