The U.S. national team will host rival Mexico on Nov. 11 to kick off CONCACAF’s final stage of World Cup qualifying.
That matchup was set Tuesday as the U.S. clinched the top spot in Group C of the semifinal stage by recording a 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville, Florida. Mexico’s position as the Group A winner, meanwhile, has been secure since March.
The Americans will then travel to face Group B winner Costa Rica four days later, with Mexico visiting Panama.
The top three teams in the Hexagonal will advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the fourth-place finisher taking on the fifth-place side from Asia in a two-legged playoff in November 2017.
It should come as now surprise that U.S. Soccer have picked Columbus as their home venue for a Mexico match. It’s become a well-known tradition in American soccer that Columbus is their safe haven when it comes to the most difficult match they play at home. And every four years, the most difficult match is against Mexico in the Hex.
USA World Cup Hexagonal Schedule:
Nov. 11, 2016: USA vs. Mexico
Nov. 15, 2016: Costa Rica vs. USA
March 24, 2017: USA vs. Honduras
March 28, 2017: Panama vs. USA
June 7 or 8, 2017: USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago
June 11 or 12, 2017: Mexico vs. USA
Sept. 1, 2017: USA vs. Costa Rica
Sept. 5, 2017: Honduras vs. USA
Oct. 6, 2017: USA vs. Panama
Oct. 10, 2017: Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA