The U.S. men’s national team World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on October 13 will be played at the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, as the destination hosts a U.S. qualifier for the sixth consecutive World Cup cycle.
The match in Columbus will be a homecoming for the USMNT and head coach Gregg Berhalter. The city has hosted 10 World Cup Qualifiers since 2000 with the U.S. posting a 7-1-2 record. Berhalter spent five seasons as the sporting director and head coach of Columbus Crew SC where he led the team to postseason appearances in four of his five years in charge, including a trip to the 2015 MLS Cup Final.
“One thing you can count on in Columbus is unwavering support for the U.S. team, and that’s going to be critical in helping us get a win against Costa Rica,” Berhalter said. “Having coached there for five years and then attending opening day of the new stadium, I know first-hand just how incredible the bond is between the team and the fans. We can’t wait to play there.”
Earlier this week, Cincinnati, Ohio, was selected to host USA vs. Mexico at the new TQL Stadium on November 12 and broadcast live on ESPN. The most anticipated game in the region every four years, this is the sixth consecutive time the state of Ohio has hosted the USA-Mexico qualifier. The previous five games were in Columbus, Ohio, with the U.S. winning four of them. The U.S. came from behind twice to beat Mexico 3-2 in extra time to win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League championship earlier this summer in Denver.
Three World Cup qualifiers are being squeezed into FIFA international fixture windows designed for two matches because of the pandemic. Under the new qualifying format, eight teams will compete in the final round of qualifying instead of six, with the top three teams advancing to Qatar ’22. The fourth-place team will participate in an intercontinental playoff for the last spot. The match against Mexico will be the first of two matches during the November, with the USMNT traveling to Jamaica for the second match on Nov. 16 against the Reggae Boyz. November is the only month during the World Cup Qualifying campaign where the USMNT will only play two games instead of three.
U.S. Soccer previously announced that the new Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, will host the October 7 qualifier against Jamaica — the first time the U.S. has played a World Cup qualifier in the state of Texas. Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, will be the host for the United States’ first home World Cup qualifier against Canada on September 5 as the men’s national team tries to return to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2014.
Of the four home games announced so far, three of them will be at new stadiums opened up this season for Major League Soccer clubs.
2022 World Cup Qualifying Schedule
September 2: at El Salvador
September 5: vs. Canada in Nashville, Tennessee
September 8: at Honduras
October 7: vs. Jamaica in Austin, Texas
October 10: at Panama
October 13: vs. Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio
November 12: vs. Mexico in Cincinnati, Ohio
November 16: at Jamaica
January 27: vs. El Salvador, TBD
January 30: at Canada
February 2: vs. Honduras
March 24: at Mexico
March 27: vs. Panama, TBD
March 30: at Costa Rica