Columbus will be the center of the American soccer world on Wednesday night when the United States Men’s National Team hosts Costa Rica in FIFA World Cup qualifying. The match between the U.S. and Los Ticos are set to be the first international soccer game to be played at Lower.com Field and the first in Columbus in five years. The city has a long-standing tradition with the USMNT with a World Cup qualifier being hosted in Ohio’s capital for the sixth consecutive tournament.
This will be the 11th total USMNT World Cup qualifier to be played in Columbus with the Americans playing the previous 10 at historic Crew Stadium. The most famous games in the city were the “Dos A Cero” matches between the United States and Mexico with that match being played in Cincinnati next month. This year, it's Costa Rica who comes to Columbus and Lower.com Field.
The United States is coming off a disappointing loss to Panama on Sunday and will look to get back on track at home against Los Ticos. Crew striker Gyasi Zardes, former Black & Gold manager Gregg Berhalter and former goalkeeper Zack Steffen are all a part of the USMNT squad.
Costa Rica is fresh off its first win in qualifying on Sunday night with a 2-1 victory at home against El Salvador. Crew winger Luis Diaz and former Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez are both in the Los Ticos squad who are looking to upset the United States in downtown Columbus.
How to watch:
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Lower.com Field - Columbus, Ohio
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson, Zack Steffen, Matt Turner; Defenders: George Bello, Sergino Dest, Mark McKenzie, Shaq Moore, Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson, Miles Robinson, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman; Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Gianluca Busio, Lucas de la Torre, Sebastian Lletget, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Cristian Roldan; Forwards: Breandan Aaronson, Paul Arriola, Matthew Hoppe, Ricardo Pepi, Tim Weah, Gyasi Zardes
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Leonel Moreira, Aaron Cruz; Defenders: Oscar Duarte, Juan Pablo Vargas, Kendall Waston, Keysher Fuller, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Ricardo Blanco, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo, Fernan Faerron, Ronald Matarrita; Midfielders: Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Bryan Ruiz, Orlando Galo, Yeltsin Tejeda, Randall Leal, Jimmy Marin, Luis Diaz, Johan Venegas; Forwards: Joel Campbell, Jonathan Moya, Jose Guillermo Ortiz, Kenneth Vargas
1. Mexico (5 GP, 11 PTS)
2. United States (5 GP, 8 PTS)
3. Panama (5 GP, 8 PTS)
4. Canada (5 GP, 7 PTS)
5. Costa Rica (5 GP, 6 PTS)
6. El Salvador (5 GP, 5 PTS)
7. Honduras (5 GP, 3 PTS)
8. Jamaica (5 GP, 2 PTS)
CONCACAF Matchday 6:
Canada vs. Panama: 7:30 pm ET - BMO Field - Toronto, Ontario
Honduras vs. Jamaica: 8:05 pm ET - Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano - San Pedro Sula
El Salvador vs. Mexico: 10:05 pm ET - Estadio Cuscatlan - San Salvador
Last five matches:
June 9, 2021: United States 4, Costa Rica 0 (Friendly - Rio Tinto Stadium)
February 1, 2020: United States 1, Costa Rica 0 (Friendly - Dignity Health Sports Park)
February 2, 2019: United States 2, Costa Rica 0 (Friendly - Avaya Stadium)
September 2, 2017: United States 0, Costa Rica 2 (WCQ - Red Bull Arena)
July 22, 2017: United States 2, Costa Rica 0 (Gold Cup semifinal - AT&T Stadium)