The U.S. Men’s National Team has a massive task on Tuesday against Guatemala, but the location of the team’s final World Cup qualifier has already been made clear.
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the USMNT will take on Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6 at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field.
In addition, U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT will take on Ecuador and Bolivia ahead of this summer’s Copa America. The U.S. will face off with Ecuador on May 25 at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium before taking on Bolivia three days later at Sporting KC’s Children’s Mercy Park.
The trip to Jacksonville will see the USMNT return to EverBank for the first time since 2014. That match, a sellout of 52,033 in 2014, saw the USMNT defeat Nigeria 2-1 in a World Cup sendoff match.
Heading into Tuesday’s clash with Guatemala, the U.S. sits third in their World Cup qualifying group. Currently three points behind T&T and two points behind Guatemala, the U.S. may head to Jacksonville facing a must-win situation.
Prior to the T&T matchup, the U.S. will visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Sept. 2.
What do you think of the decision to host in Jacksonville? What do you expect from the USMNT in the buildup to that match?
Share your thoughts below.
Nothing against Jacksonville (I went to nearby U of Florida for a couple of years many years ago), but the climate will be closer to what T&T is used to than if we played in Columbus or some more northern clime. Or Denver and add altitude. We need to take advantage of every advantage we can create, including the venue. This game could be do or die and should be treated accordingly.
Sad that we are stooping to control the venue to beat T&T. It’s September 6th, it will be warm most anywhere in the country. Does Anchorage have a stadium?
We could go to Denver where the T&T players might be uncomfortable with the altitude or we could go to Seattle where the T & T players have to fly a few extra hours and and cross a few more time zones. Why make it easy for them?
Thought they would go to KC since this game will likely be an elimination game like 4years ago.. Jacksonville has always supported the team well, hope they can get the throwball lines off the field and get a good Tuesday night crowd.
I was at the Nigeria match…. good atmosphere in and around the ground. Good selection for the match… I will certainly be there if the match actually matters… (here is hoping that it does)