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Tampa to host U.S. men’s national soccer ‘Kickoff Series’

Members of the American Outlaws, a fan group for the U.S. men's national soccer team, cheer while making their way into Raymond James Stadium just prior to the U.S. game against Martinique for the Gold Cup in 2017 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Members of the American Outlaws, a fan group for the U.S. men's national soccer team, cheer while making their way into Raymond James Stadium just prior to the U.S. game against Martinique for the Gold Cup in 2017 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Published Aug. 1, 2018|Updated Aug. 2, 2018

The third game of the U.S. men's  national soccer team's "Kickoff Series" against Colombia will be Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, U.S. Soccer announced today.

Colombia will be the fifth team in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings to face the U.S. in the series, joining Brazil, England, Italy and Mexico.

The six games will "provide the aspiring young U.S. side with top-level competition" during its journey towards the 2022 World Cup, the release reads. The remaining opponent in October will be announced at a future date.

"As we continue to build into the next cycle, this will be another important experience for the development of this group," U.S. head coach Dave Sarachan said. "When you talk about exciting, technical and experienced opponents, Colombia ticks all the boxes.

"With players at some of the top clubs around the world, they are fast, physical and skillful. Tampa has been a great host to our national teams, and I know they will come out and show their support in October."

Since 1961, the U.S. has faced Colombia 18 times, more than any team from South America, with a record of 3-12-4. However, the U.S. has a 4-1-1 record at Raymond James Stadium.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 9 at 10 am and can be purchased at USSoccer.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be sold at the stadium the day of the event.

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