The United States men’s national team faces a big year in 2013 with World Cup qualification the biggest item on the agenda.
In the CONCACAF hexagonal, the final round of World Cup qualification for the USMNT, the U.S. will face off against Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Mexico and Jamaica in home-and-away series.
U.S. Soccer tends to look at several factors when choosing World Cup qualification sites. Most importantly, however, it looks for cities with soccer-specific venues where it can guarantee a large, pro-American crowd. (I can’t imagine this is a problem for many countries in World Cup qualification other than the U.S.)
Here are my predictions for the hexagonal sites for those qualifiers.