CHICAGO – For the U.S.’s first home match of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, the U.S. Soccer Federation has selected Nashville, Tenn. as the host of USA-Canada game, it was announced Sunday.
The match will be played Sept. 5 at Nissan Stadium, with FS1, UniMás and TUDN carrying the match live at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET). Ticket information will be available in the near future.
The official announcement was delivered this evening by Nashville Mayor John Cooper during the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event in downtown Nashville.
U.S. Soccer said it thanked the Tennessee Titans, the City of Nashville, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and Nashville SC “for their support in hosting this important event in Music City.”
With winning at home vital to any team’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup, venue selection is a critical component.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter recognized Music City’s growing soccer culture and outstanding facilities as key factors in the selection. the USA has a 4-2-1 record in Nashville.
“We know that one of the things critical to our success in World Cup qualifying is having a strong home crowd and winning our home games,” Berhalter said in a statement. “When I think about the stadium, the field, and a crowd that’s full of energy, there’s no better place to kick off our home World Cup qualifying series than in Nashville. It’s a vibrant city and we look forward to playing there.”
The USA began its march to the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup title by playing to a 1-1 draw with Panama in front of 47,622 fans, then a record attendance mark for soccer in the state of Tennessee.
A year later, more than 40,000 fans witnessed the first international goal by Tyler Adams and a stout U.S. defense deliver a 1-0 shutout against regional rivals Mexico. Most recently, the USA endured muggy conditions and an 88-minute weather delay in the middle of the first half to overcome Jamaica, 3-1, in the semifinal of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Christian Pulisic earned Man of the Match honors with a pair of second half goals, piggybacking on Weston McKennie’s opener.