Datebook: USA will face Jamaica on turf

The U.S. men's national team will conclude its winter camp with its first visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a match against Jamaica on Feb. 3. The game at 20,000-seat at Finley Stadium will be played on artificial turf, the first U.S. men's home match on artificial turf since the 2013 Gold Cup.

FC Chattanooga set a record for attendance at a non-college amateur game in the United States when a crowd of 18,277 watched the reached the 2015 NPSL final at Finley Stadium.

Playing friendly games on artificial turf was one of the major beefs of the U.S. women's national team, culminating in the cancellation of a match in Honolulu in December 2015 because of poor field conditions. U.S. Soccer has no records, but the last time the U.S. men played a home friendly on turf is believed to be in January 1994 when they played Russia in Seattle's Kingdome.

The USA will open camp under returning national team coach Bruce Arena next Tuesday in Carson, California, and play Serbia Jan. 29 at the StubHub Center.

The squad, expected to consist entirely or almost entirely of MLS players, will be named later this week. The full team will assemble for the first time days before the next Hexagonal match against Honduras on March 24.

The USA holds a 13-2-8 record in its series with Jamaica dating back to 1988. The Reggae Boyz failed to qualify for the Hexagonal. They are preparing for the Gold Cup, where they were the runners-up in 2015.
4 comments about "Datebook: USA will face Jamaica on turf".
  1. Wooden Ships, January 4, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

    Who makes the call to play on synthetic? Continued embarrassment IMO.

  2. :: SilverRey ::, January 4, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

    Boooo! Ideally, stop playing in these venues or at the very least cover that stuff up.

  3. Glenn Maddock, January 4, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.

    This makes no sense. If you want to play down there, play in Nashville on grass. There are no shortage of nice grass fields to play on.

  4. Bob Ashpole, January 4, 2017 at 11:15 p.m.

    Mistake.

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