USA open World Cup qualifying home against Canada in Nashville


The United States’ first home World Cup qualifying game against Canada on September 5 will be held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The venue for the game, announced on Sunday, will follow the Americans’ opener in El Salvador on September 2 and precede a September 8 game in Honduras.

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US players will train in Nashville starting August 30, with many coming from the weekend’s European games.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, three World Cup qualifiers are squeezed into FIFA international match windows designed for two matches. For this reason, US coach Gregg Berhalter has said he expects to use more players than he otherwise would have.

The 20th-ranked United States ended a seven-consecutive World Cup streak when they failed to advance to the 2018 tournament in Russia, losing home games to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, and against Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey.

The 70th Canada has been chasing its first World Cup place since 1986.

The Americans have four wins, two losses and one draw in Nashville, beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in qualifying on April 1, 2009, behind a three-goal game by Jozy Altidore.

The United States tied Panama 1-1 in Nashville in front of 47,622 in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, beat Mexico 1-0 in a 2018 show before 40,194 and beat Jamaica 3 -1 ahead of 28,473 in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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