Denver edges Salt Lake for Costa Rica WCQ

George Frey

Dick's Sporting Good Park, home of the Colorado Rapids, has edged out Salt Lake City for the opportunity to host a World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica.

Update, 2:45 p.m.: According to a report published on a Salt Lake Tribune blog, Real Salt Lake president Bill Manning said, "I spoke with U.S. Soccer and hopefully we will have an opportunity to host one of the other hexagonal games."

Update: Dick's Sporting Goods Park has officially been named as the site of the March 22 World Cup Qualifier.

With an official announcement from U.S. Soccer to come later tody, Grant Wahl and others have reported that Denver will be handed the rights to host the United States' March 22's World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica.

With atitude apparently a concern in the considerations, Denver seems to have narrowly edged out Salt Lake City and Kansas City for hosting rights. The match would apparently take place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Rio Tinto Stadium last hosted a World Cup Qualifier in Sept. 2009, when the U.S. defeated El Salvador 2-1; attendance was reported as 19,066. Dick's Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, Colo., last hosted in Nov. 2008 against Guatemala; attendance that day was a mere 9,303.

With the Gold Cup in the United States once again, Rio Tinto Stadium may yet host an international match or two in 2013.

For updates, check back on this story after the official announcement.

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