Though the game will be the first qualifier in the New York metropolitan area, the US has a long history in New York and New Jersey dating back to 1925. The Yanks have played three previous games at Red Bull Arena, all of them friendlies. The most recent was also against Costa Rica, a 1-0 loss on Oct. 13, 2015.
After months of reports, it is finally official: Red Bull Arena will host the first World Cup qualifier to be played in the New York metropolitan area.
U.S. Soccer formally announced on Thursday that the New York Red Bulls' stadium in Harrison, New Jersey will play host to the United States national team's game against Costa Rica on Sept. 1. The game will be televised on ESPN and the Univision family of networks, with kick off set for 6:30 pm ET.