Die VSA. Sokkerfederasie het Woensdag aangekondig dat die wedstryd by die Exploria-stadion sal wees, waar die Amerikaners Panama geklop het 4-0 op Okt.. 6, 2017, ook hul naaslaaste kwalifiseerder.
Needing only a draw in their finale to qualify, die VSA. verlore 2-1 four days later at Trinidad and Tobago, and the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances was stopped.
Die VSA. is 4-0 at Exploria, which has a capacity of 25,500 and opened in 2014.
This game against Panama is between qualifiers on March 24 at Mexico and March 30 at Costa Rica, where the Americans have nine losses and one draw in qualifying. The Americans lost 4-0 in their last qualifier at Costa Rica in November 2016, causing the USSF to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Bruce Arena.
Die VSA. is second in qualifying with 15 points after eight games, one point behind Canada. Mexico and Panama have 14 points each, followed by Costa Rica (nine), Jamaika (sewe), Die Verlosser (ses) and Honduras (drie).
The Americans play El Salvador on Jan. 27 by Columbus, Ohio, Canada three days later at Hamilton, Ontario, and Honduras on Feb. 2 at St. Paul, Minnesota.
The top three nations qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, and the fourth-place team advances to a one-game playoff in June against the Oceania champion, likely New Zealand.