El Salvador will play its first two World Cup qualifying match in the United States because its Ministry of Health suspended all sporting events to the public for 90 days due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Central American country.
But where will La Selecta play in the USA?
The El Salvadorans are scheduled to play the USMNT in the octagonal on Sept. 2.
The natural venue would be in the Washington, D.C. area because of a large El Salvadoran population there. But as Washington Post reporter Steven Goff said on Twitter, that D.C. United was approached about El Salvador hosting its Sept. 2 match at Audi Field.
El Salvador is considering other cities and venues, including Los Angeles and Houston. The Central Americans also will play host Honduras Sept. 5.
La Selecta has more pressing matters at hand at the Concacaf Gold Cup. The team defeated Guatemala, 2-0, in its Group A opener Saturday night. On Wednesday night, the El Salvadorans met Trinidad & Tobago.
During the age of COVID-19, U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter said he has had to roll with the punches.
“I think you prepare by just accepting the fact that things are in flux and things can change,” he said. “I think if you’re too fixed on what the format [in] what you know where the venues are, what the fans are going to be like, I think it leads to trouble because we’re not out of this pandemic but by no means. We have to be ready to adapt.”