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The Most Historic US Soccer Sites: What’s #3?

The Home Depot Center does not have an exceptionally long history (opened June 2003), but it does have great significance for American soccer, so I believe it belongs at #3 on this list. It, more than any other venue in the US, represents the future of the beautiful game in America.

The 27,000 seat stadium in Carson, CA was designed specifically to serve as “The Cathedral of American Soccer”. It is home to both the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA of MLS and was the league’s second “soccer specific stadium”. It cost a cool $150 million to construct, which isn’t chump change.

But its builder, Philip Anschutz, wanted to spare no expense when it came to making the HDC a state of the art facility. And he succeeded too, as the Home Depot Center has become ground zero for soccer in America. It’s hosted three MLS Cups and is regarded as the league’s nicest stadium.

Both the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams liberally use the stadium both for training and for home matches. It was also the site of the 2003 Women’s World Cup Final, where Germany bested Sweden 2-1. In only a few years, it has become pivotal to US soccer, so it belongs on this list at #3.