U.S. National Soccer Team, Honduras to Clash at Sun Life Stadium

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photo by Jarrett Campbell via Wikimedia Commons
Clint Dempsey and the national team are headed to Sun Life.
Dear Miami: You're the capital of Latin American culture, a city so soccer-crazy that trying to find a free field for pick-up footy is tougher than sneaking an inflatable banana into a nightclub. Yet you cared so little for your MLS franchise that it dissolved after three seasons. The only professional club left in town scrambles for fans. Are you a soccer town or not, dammit?

You have another chance to prove it: The U.S. national team and new wunderbar coach Jurgen Klinsmann just announced they will come to Sun Life Stadium next month for the first time in 13 years. Don't screw this up!

Klinsmann, who took over the team from Bob Bradley at the end of July, has already begun blowing up the team's lineup with a youth infusion and a batch of defections by some hot-shit German-American dual citizens.

He'll bring that new look to Sun Life October 8 to face Honduras, a CONCACAF rival that made the World Cup last year.

The catrachos will draw plenty of support from Miami's blue-and-white Tegucigalpa crowd, and don't be surprised to see South Florida native Joze Altidore -- the young winger who's been destroying the Dutch leagues this year -- up front for the Americans.

Last time the U.S. team played at Sun Life? Way back in 1998. (They did play Haiti to a 1-1 tie in 2004 at the Orange Bowl.)

Just to clarify: Neither Argentine Lionel Messi nor the Shakira-shagging Gerard Piqué will be around, so no one expects 70,000 to descend on Sun Life as they did for Barca versus Chivas last month.

But just to throw this out there: A huge, insane crowd certainly wouldn't hurt Miami's chances of getting back on MLS's radar after a bid by Barcelona to establish a U.S. franchise here petered out last year.

After all, we just spent $550 million on an absurdly unnecessary Marlins stadium in Little Havana. Wouldn't the sting feel a little better if a pro soccer club were to share the retractable-roof space?

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Guest
Guest

can't wait, happy to finally see them. hopefully with the new marlins stadium they'll be able to schedule more soccer events for dolphins stadium. 

nasty!
nasty!

VIVA HONDURAS JUEPUTA! We're going to SLAUGHTER YOU FILTHY NORTH AMERICANS! 

Meh
Meh

Just a correction.....Messi wasn't around for the last one.

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Yeah, but folks were still whispering that he was going to make an appearance up to the last stoppage time, so you can bet he still sold some tickets.

Meh
Meh

Yeah those rumors sucked lol (Even though I for one did know for sure he wasn't showing) They really need to bring football down here tho. Would help if we had a good stadium to bring it down to.

Meh
Meh

Er...futbol...soccer....whatever you want to name it.

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