By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Players and coaches from all over the nation have been impressed by the USF soccer stadium during visits and it hasn't stopped at the collegiate level.
The U.S. Men's National Team was on campus Wednesday morning to train for Friday's 7 p.m. game against Antigua & Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium that marks the start of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the USA.
"We're honored to train at a facility like this. It can't get any better than this," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "Being here at South Florida helps us a lot because the facilities are top class."
It's been more than five months since the Bulls played a game that counted at their home stadium, but the USF facilities staff has done a great job of keeping the playing surface in top shape with all the youth camps and clinics that happen so frequently during the summer months.
"The field was fantastic," superstar forward Landon Donovan said. "I don't know what they do here but usually the grass in Florida is perfect. We really enjoyed it."
USF's facilities aren't totally new to Team USA as keeper Tim Howard said he's been training in Tampa since he was a kid.
"I've been coming here for years," Howard said. "I've come here with the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) way back when and it's an incredible campus."
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