The four-year home qualifier match for the World Cup against Mexico, the most anticipated and regularly scheduled soccer match in the United States, will remain in Ohio. It’s only moving about 110 miles southwest.
Cincinnati is the new home of the USA-Mexico, the US Soccer Federation announced Wednesday morning. Traditionally played in the original Columbus Crew stadium, which recently gave way to a downtown facility, the climatic qualification will take place on November 12 at FC Cincinnati’s new TQL stadium. It can seat 26,000 and opened in mid-May.
The Historic Crew Stadium has hosted the United States-Mexico in five consecutive World Cup rounds since 2001. It became both a fortress and a lucky charm when the Americans won their first four games, all with a score of 2-0. But the series ended in November 2016, when an 88th-minute El Tri goal sent the hosts to defeat and, subsequently, down a path that would have seen them lose the 2018 World Cup. moved to Lower.com Field this month.
“When it comes to great rivalries in our sport, US-Mexico is one of the best,” said US manager Gregg Berhalter. “We are fortunate to have so many great venue options in this country, and for this game Cincinnati has all it takes. This is a special game that requires a special atmosphere, and we know that will be what Cincinnati will offer. “
US men have only played once in Cincinnati. They lost to Venezuela, 3-0, in a June 2019 friendly played at Nippert Stadium, the home of the University of Cincinnati which was the home ground of the FCC in 2016-2020. During its entire MLS season at Nippert in 2019, the FCC averaged over 27,000 fans per game.
US Soccer has now announced three of the seven venues for the next octagonal round of World Cup qualifiers. The double round in Italy kicks off in September and will send the top three finishers to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (the fourth team accesses the intercontinental playoffs). All three confirmed US sites are new MLS markets. After starting on the road in El Salvador, the United States will host Canada at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The NFL arena is the temporary home of the second year Nashville SC MLS club as its new stadium is under construction.
October qualifiers begin at Austin FC’s brand new Q2 Stadium, where the United States will entertain Jamaica. Austin joined the MLS this season. No site has been announced for the third qualifying match in the October window, a home game against Costa Rica. The two-game November window then opens in Cincinnati.
Here is the updated program of the USMNT World Cup qualifiers:
September 2 in El Salvador
September 5 against Canada at Nissan Stadium, Nashville
September 8 in Honduras
October 7 against Jamaica at Q2 Stadium in Austin
October 10 in Panama
October 13 against Costa Rica
November 12 against Mexico at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium
November 16 in Jamaica
January 27 against El Salvador
January 30 in Canada
February 2 against Honduras
March 24 in Mexico
March 27 against Panama
March 30 in Costa Rica
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