The United States men’s national team will host Canada in the first home game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on September 5 at Nissan Stadium, home of Major League Soccer side Nashville SC.
The mayor of Nashville, John Cooper, made the official announcement during the city’s 4th of July event in front of the downtown crowds. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter immediately put out a statement reacting to the announcement, explaining his excitement over choosing Nashville to kick off qualifiers.
“We know that one of the things critical to our success in World Cup Qualifying is having a strong home crowd and winning our home games,” Berhalter said. “When I think about the stadium, the field, and a crowd that’s full of energy, there’s no better place to kick off our home World Cup qualifying series than in Nashville. It’s a vibrant city and we look forward to playing there.”
This stadium is not new to the United States men’s national team. In 2017, the team commenced their CONCACAF Gold Cup journey at the Nissan Stadium, where the USMNT drew 1-1 against Panama in front of a record crowd of 47,622 fans.
A year later, the team returned to face the Mexican national team with more than 40,000 spectators. The international friendly ended in a 1-0 victory for the United States after Tyler Adams scored his first goal for his country. Most recently, the USMNT triumphed 3-1 over Jamaica in the 2019 Gold Cup semi-finals at the stadium. Their record stands as 4-2-1 at Nissan Stadium, a favorable statistic going into the qualifier against North American rival Canada.
The USMNT will kick off the Octagonal round at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador against El Salvador on September 2, followed by the match versus Canada in Nashville and conclude in San Pedro Sula on September 8 when facing Honduras.