Christian Pulisic and his U.S. teammates will take on Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

CHICAGO – The New York metropolitan area will finally play host to a World Cup qualifying game for the first time.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that the United States national team will take on its Costa Rican counterparts in a CONCACAF Hexagonal in the Harrison, N.J. stadium Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

“This is going to be a critical game for us against one of the toughest opponents in CONCACAF,” U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said. “Red Bull Arena is among the finest soccer facilities in the country, and we look forward to having outstanding support.”

As it turns out, Costa Rica kicks off its participation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras at RBA Friday at 9:30 p.m. It is the second game of a doubleheader as Canada and French Guiana meet in the opening match at 7 p.m.

Incredible it may sound, no venue in the metropolitan area has played host to a World Cup qualifying match since the process began in 1934.

The area has welcomed the U.S. national team 25 times for full internationals.

That includes 18 games in New Jersey at Giants Stadium (East Rutherford), MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford), Rutgers Stadium (Piscataway) and RBA.

That also includes seven matches in New York at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn), Hofstra Stadium (Hempstead), Downing Stadium (New York City) and Yankee Stadium (Bronx).

While the American side has never played in the metro area, head coach Bruce Arena had the U.S. train in his old stomping rounds at the N.Y. Hota/Bavarians field in Franklin Square, N.Y. on Long Island prior to a 2004 WCQ in Grenada. Arena played a year for the Hota Under-19 boys teams back in the day.

After a 2-0 win at home against Trinidad & Tobago and a massive point on the road against rivals Mexico, the United States is 2-0-2 in qualifying since Arena took over and has climbed into third place. After that match, the U.S. heads to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras on Sept. 5 at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

The USA’s last visit to the venue also involved a matchup against Costa Rica, a 1-0 loss in a friendly Oct. 13, 2015.

Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET at

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) also are available exclusively through

Matchday 7 and the USA’s penultimate home game in the final round will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision Networks (pregame coverage on Univision Networks at 6 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.