It was rumored and assumed, but on Monday U.S. Soccer officially announced that the United States Men’s National Team will take on the Mexican National Team in World Cup Qualifying in Columbus, OH on Nov. 11. The match will be broadcast live on FS1 and Univision, with kickoff time still to be determined.
"It means a lot to us to play Mexico in Columbus," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the press release. "Columbus is for us what Azteca Stadium is for them. It's a game where emotions will go through the roof, and we need to have our crowd behind us bringing their voice against our biggest rival. We know they will. Columbus will rock."
This game marks the fifth consecutive World Cup Qualifying cycle that U.S. Soccer has selected MAPFRE Stadium for the biggest game heading into the 2018 World Cup.
“Dos a cero” has become the theme for U.S. fans in Columbus. The last four meetings between the Stars and Stripes and El Tri in World Cup Qualifying in Columbus resulted in 2-0 wins for the Americans.
Tickets for the game through U.S. Soccer will be issued through a lottery. Here is the information on that lottery:
Due to the anticipated high demand for tickets to the match, U.S. Soccer will use a lottery system to allocate tickets among those who apply. The process will ensure that those interested have a fair opportunity to attend the game.
Certain groups will have a greater chance in the lottery process compared to the general public.U.S. Soccer Members as of Sept. 6, 2016, and others in the U.S. Soccer community will have their applications included in an early lottery selection phase prior to the inclusion of those applications from the general public.
Individual ticket applicants will have the opportunity to request a maximum of four tickets and to apply only once. Following the completion of the application phase, a computer program will randomly select the individuals who are to receive tickets. Those successful applicants will be notified and their transaction will be completed.
Those who are part of the early lottery selection phase will be sent instructions by U.S. Soccer bySept. 22 regarding the ticket application process. Members of the general public looking to apply for tickets can visit www.ussoccer.com/usavmextickets for details and can apply for tickets starting onSept. 23. All application windows will close on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. ET.
U.S. Soccer is working with Columbus Crew SC to determine if additional seats can be added for the match. Fans that are not selected to purchase tickets in the initial draw will be automatically re-entered for a chance to obtain the additional seats. These tickets will also be allocated by random selection.