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Report: U.S. to host Bosnia in St. Louis if both qualify for World Cup

Aug 22, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

Haris Medunjanin, Miralem Pjanic,  Mensur Mujdza, Senad Lulic , Emir Spahic; Sejad Salihovic, Elvir Rahimic, Vedad Ibisevic, Ervin Zukanovic, Edin Dzeko and Asmir Begovic AP

After the United States defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 on Aug. 14, media reports in that country claimed a rematch could be on the cards next summer.

Klix reported that, if both teams qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they would play a tune-up match in St. Louis before traveling to South America. It would be the third time Bosnia-Herzegovina has played in the U.S., and the first time in St. Louis, which has a large Bosnian population.

According to the Klix report, players who were on the Bosnian team when it played in the U.S. — in Atlanta in 2011 and Chicago in 2012, both against Mexico — said both matches felt like home games.

National team striker Vedad Ibišević, who scored against the U.S. in Sarajevo, spent time in St. Louis growing up and played for St. Louis University. It was there that he was spotted and signed by Paris Saint-Germain, managed at the time by a Bosnian, Vahid Halilhodžić.

This could be the start of a trend of teams planning World Cup tune-up games in the U.S., which is ideally situated between Europe and South America. Clubs traveling here in preseason rave about the facilities and their ability to conduct training camps virtually undisturbed.

As next summer approaches and more teams seal qualification for Brazil, more announcements of this nature could be on the way.

  1. hildezero - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Meh. I guess a rematch is fair.

  2. talgrath - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Should be exciting, hopefully they can play during a time I can catch the game live this time.

  3. danielofthedale - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Just as long as they are not drawn in the same group. In that case I would doubt it happens.

  4. baropbop - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    How does the USMNT benefit from playing against a team they have already faced in a city where they may have the minority of fans?

    • danielofthedale - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      The benifit is playing a very good team to help tune up for the World Cup. The kind of team you think you will have to beat in the group to make the knock out and beat in the knock out round to advance deeper.

      • baropbop - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Obviously, but why not play a team you aren’t already familiar with?

  5. hildezero - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I think it’s because US Soccer wants to even things out.

  6. pstevenson1082 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    My question is why on a baseball field in St. Louis?

    To answer the question…… The US/Bosnia rematch was requested by Bosnia. Their FA and fans have gained respect for the US team but were absolutely livid when their team allowed the US to come back and beat them after being 2 goals up at home.(which was solely the manager’s fault for under-estimating us).

    The PC answer is that the US is a good team and is a good test match leading up to the world cup. The real reason is to get revenge for the US embarrassing them in Bosnia.

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