The United States will host Mexico in Cincinnati in their World Cup qualifying game, ending a five-game winning streak against El Tri in Columbus, Ohio.
The United States Soccer Federation reported Wednesday that the Nov. 12 game will be played at TQL Stadium, a 26,000-seat facility that was inaugurated in May as the home of that city’s MLS team.
The United States defeated Mexico in World Cup qualifiers at Columbus Crew Stadium in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013, every time 2-0. The duel against El Tri earned the nickname “Dos a Cero.”
Mexico defeated the United States 2-1 in Columbus in 2016, thanks to a goal by Rafa Márquez in the 89th minute, a crucial loss in the opening of the hexagonal for the 2018 World Cup, when the American streak of qualifying for seven consecutive World Cups came to an end.
The United States plays its first home game in the postponed 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Canada on September 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, three days after opening away in El Salvador.
On September 8, the US team will play in Honduras. They host Jamaica on October 7 in Texas, with a game in Panama three days later and one at home against Costa Rica on October 13.
The Federation had planned to announce this Thursday that the match against Costa Rica will take place at Lower.com Field, the new Crew stadium, inaugurated on July 3, with a capacity for 20,011 spectators.
The game against Mexico will be followed by one in Jamaica on November 17. (AFP)