For the sixth consecutive cycle, the U.S. men’s national team will play Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match in Ohio.
But it won’t be in Columbus.
Insttead it will be in Cincinnati – on Nov. 12.
U.S. Soccer announced that bit of news Wednesday morning.
TQL Stadium will be the site for the first qualifier in Cincinnati. The match will be broadcast live on the ESPN and Univision family of networks, with kickoff time to be determined.
“When you talk about great rivalries in our sport, USA-Mexico is one of the best,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “We are fortunate to have so many great venue options in this country, and for this match Cincinnati ticks all the boxes.
“This is a special game that requires a special atmosphere, and we know it’s one that Cincinnati will provide.”
Mapfre Stadium was the venue for the first five matches from 2001-2016. The USA won the first four matches in what has become a legendary dos a cero result. In 2016, Mexico snapped the streak with a 2-1 win.
The USMNT had won in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2019.
The game will be the first of two matches during November, with the USMNT traveling to Jamaica for a Nov. 16 contest.
November is the only month during the entire World Cup Qualifying campaign where the USMNT will only play two games instead of three. In September and October of this year, and then January, and March of 2022, the USMNT contend with a ‘triple date’ during which the U.S. will play three matches in seven days.
Under the new qualifying format, eight teams – increased from six in previous cycles – will compete in the final round, with the top three teams advancing to Qatar ’22. The fourth-place team will participate in an intercontinental playoff for the last spot.
The 10 matches in the final round usually had been played during the course of 18 months. Due to schedule changes related to the global pandemic and the new format, each team will play 14 matched in seven-month period.