Soccer loving Blues players cheering on U.S. team

COLUMBUS,OH -- A group of Blues players will be attendance at Mapfre Stadium on Friday when the United States takes on Mexico in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at 7 p.m. St. Louis time (on FS1).

Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen, Carl Gunnarsson and possibly David Perron will be on hand to witness a crucial three points on hand on the road to Russia in 2018.

"It will be interesting for sure," Steen said. "Obviously a rival game. I'm a big soccer fan, it should be a good atmosphere."

Steen was on hand when the U.S. took on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a qualifying match at Busch Stadium.

"That was (like) an exhibition game and even despite that, it was still a great atmosphere," Steen said. "The fans got into it. It was a blowout. It's not what tonight is going to be. This is a big game for the U.S. and should be interesting. I haven't watched a game of this magnitude in a while."

Steen, who had a keen interest in the match between Sweden and France Friday afternoon, is looking forward to taking in Friday's match.

"Most of the games I've seen have been in Europe and most of those, Sweden playing," Steen said. "This will be a different feeling to see what the Americans are like and what the atmosphere will be at the game. I'm sure Mexico will have a lot of fans there as well. It'll be a cool thing."


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