WORLD CUP: U.S. opens vs. Antigua

CONCACAF schedule for the the semifinal round of 2014 World Cup qualifying is out, and the United States will start at home against Antigua & Barbuda.

Guatemala and Jamaica also are in Group A, likely fighting for the group's second spot in the six-team final round that will produce the region's representatives in Brazil.

The semifinals will be played over three double-fixtures in June, September and October next year. The Americans will be home Sept. 11 against Jamaica and Oct. 16 vs. Guatemala. Sites of the matches haven't been determined.

Here are the semifinal groupings and the U.S. schedule:

Group A

United States



Antigua & Barbuda

Group B


Costa Rica

El Salvador


Group C





U.S. schedule

Friday, June 8: vs. Antigua & Barbuda

Tuesday, June 12: at Guatemala

Friday, Sept. 7: at Jamaica

Tuesday, Sept. 11: vs. Jamaica

Friday, Oct. 12: at Antigua & Barbuda

Tuesday, Oct. 16: vs. Guatemala