The US men’s soccer team approaches the frozen tundra.
The Allianz Field in Saint Paul will host the World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras on February 2, sources told Pioneer Press on Wednesday.
Minnesota United aimed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup qualifier in this 2021–2022 cycle and was rewarded with playing at the most difficult moment in the CONCACAF region of eight. The United States (4-1-2, 15 points) is currently second in CONCACAF after Canada (4-0-4, 16) and is ahead of Mexico and Panama (both 4-2-2, 15). There are currently six games left in the region.
It’s a bold move to come to Minnesota to play in the middle of winter, when the average temperature in early February is 25 to 9 degrees, and snow and cold winds are possible.
The USMNT wants to create a home field advantage, and that was seen elsewhere earlier this month when Canada beat Mexico in cold and snowy Edmonton.
If there is a problem with the weather, the procedure will be decided with the CONCACAF Match Commissioner. The Allianz Field, an open-air stadium in the Midway area, has an under-grass heating system.
USMNT will return to St. Paul for the first time since the 2019 Summer Gold Cup, making Minnesota the 21st state to host World Cup qualifiers.
The February 2 game doesn’t have many alternatives for a possible delay, as FIFA’s international window runs from January 24 to February. 2 and the US host El Salvador on January 27 and travel to Canada on January 30.
The top three CONCACAF teams will qualify for the World Championships in Qatar from 21 November to December. 18 and the fourth will go to the game tournament.