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USMNT to play Colombia in San Antonio - report

The U.S. will get the chance to meet James Rodriguez and Co.

Clive Rose

The United States' first home match since the World Cup could come on September 9 in San Antonio against Colombia. The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the Americans will take on the Cafeterios on the international date and that it should be made official on Thursday.

The match would be played at the 72,000 Alamodome and would feature a pair of World Cup knockout stage teams. Colombia made it to the quarterfinals, where they were upended by Brazil. The U.S. lost to Belgium in the round of 16.

If the match happens, it will be the U.S.' first recent foray into San Antonio. The women have played there and 54,000 watched Mexico play South Korea earlier this year, but the American men have't been there. The match would either be played on turf or temporary grass.

Colombia would provide the U.S. with a very stiff test. James Rodriguez proved to be one of the World Cup's best player and by September, Radamel Falcao may be fit enough to play for his country after missing the trip to Brazil with a torn ACL. Along with the rest of Colombia's considerable attacking talent, as well as their need to keep playing well with Copa America less than a year away, it would be nearly the biggest challenge the U.S. could come up with. The only thing that could change that is if Jose Pekerman doesn't return as manager.

The U.S. is set to play the Czech Republic in Prague on September 3, so the travel will be tough. The team will have to fly across the Atlantic for this match, although Jurgen Klinsmann will probably leave some of the players from the Czech Republic match in Europe and call up a few MLS or Liga MX players to join the team in San Antonio.

Both the Czech Republic and reported Colombia match are international dates so they will have the full teams available. The same is true of the October FIFA dates, which are expected to include U.S. friendlies on American soil, one against Ecuador. November brings two more friendlies on FIFA dates, one reportedly against Ireland in Dublin.