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Columbus confirmed as host city for USMNT’s first Hex match against Mexico

Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico will return to a familiar venue for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match-up.

U.S. Soccer confirmed via press release that the November 11 contest between the CONCACAF favorites would take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, a city with massive historical significance in the rivalry between the two sides. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and Univision, though the kickoff time has yet to be determined.

Each of the last four World Cup Qualifying matches hosted in Columbus between the two sides have  ended in a 2-0 scoreline in favor of the hosts, and Jurgen Klinsmann will hope for a similar result in November.

“It means a lot to us to play Mexico in Columbus,” Klinsmann stated, “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.”

Due to anticipated high demand, a lottery system will be used to allocate tickets to fans.


  1. Don’t entirely agree w the OSU comment. Columbus is a damn fun town to watch college fb, but you don’t see a huge fan crossover in the demographics at Crew games. Also, when the USMNT comes to Cbus you get a different crowd entirely than for MLS games, in a good way. Pumped for this fixture.

    • Even so – at least they don’t throw full beers, any form of projectile debris and bags of piss on to fans and opposing players.

      • Thats because even OSU fans have more class than the Mexico fans. Not to mention that OSU people would then have to lick the beer off the floor.

  2. Lottery system huh? I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to get AO tix this time around due to crazy demand. I’m kinda dreading what I will have to pay on the aftermarket sites.


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