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Dempsey said the match will be made even more special because it falls on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was a student at Furman University that day and recalled watching the horror enfold on a TV set in a dining hall.

“As a country, we always remember that and it’s impacted everyone’s life,” he said. “Everybody remembers where they were on that day.”

US Soccer selected the venue because of a loyal following and past success. And so far, so good. After all, more than 3,000 cheering fans showed up Sunday for the American open practice.

The U.S. side has a record of 5-0-3 overall and 4-0-2 in World Cup qualifiers in Crew Stadium.