San Diego to host US-Guatemala soccer match

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play in San Diego for the first time since 2006 when it faces Guatemala in an exhibition game at Qualcomm Stadium July 5, U.S. Soccer announced over the weekend.

us-national-soccer-logoThe game will be the Americans’ lone tuneup for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. will play its first game in the tournament to determine the champion of the North American, Central American and Caribbean region July 9 in Portland, Ore. against Belize.

“This is a very important opportunity for us to get in a good game before the start of the Gold Cup,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It is our goal to win the tournament and the chance to play Guatemala will be good preparation for our group. We are thrilled to get back to San Diego, which has such an outstanding soccer tradition.”

The game will begin at 8 p.m. and be televised by cable’s NBC Sports Network and the Spanish-language broadcaster UniMas.

The U.S. is 0-5-2 in San Diego, including a 0-0 tie against Canada on Jan. 22, 2006 at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium before a crowd announced at 6,007 in its most recent game in the city.

The U.S. leads its series against Guatemala, 13-4-6, including an 11-0-1 record in the U.S.