Bay area fans will have the rare opportunity to watch the USA vs. Honduras qualifying soccer match this Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., and take Caltrain to Avaya Stadium.

The excitement of the FIFA World Cup never ceases to thrill audiences worldwide. This international football competition happens every four years since its inception in 1930. This highly competitive 10 game semifinal World Cup qualifier, called “The Hex,” is critical for the USA team after two heartbreaking losses, one against their arch-rivals Mexico and the other to Costa Rica.  Only the three top qualifiers of The Hex will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In addition to the qualifier, there will be friendly soccer match at Avaya Stadium when Club América plays against Monacras Morelia on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m.

To reach the stadium, World Cup fans can travel on Caltrain to the Santa Clara station, where they will be able to transfer to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s bus Route 10 for a free, short trip to the stadium. VTA is currently working on a pedestrian undercrossing at the Santa Clara station that will be an option for fans that prefer to walk to the stadium. Construction is expected to be completed by this July.

Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system: tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Fans are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass at Caltrain ticket machines to avoid long lines after the game. The pass is valid for unlimited rides within zone limits on Caltrain through the last train.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on game-day trains beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverages aren’t allowed on VTA at any time.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.


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