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U.S. Soccer Selects Orlando to Host Final Home FIFA World Cup Qualifier of 2022 Cycle

January 19, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Orlando City SC News Release


CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has selected Orlando for the U.S. Men's National Team's final home match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign against Panama on March 27 at Exploria Stadium.

USA-Panama, presented by Volkswagen, will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMás and TUDN, with kickoff time still to be finalized.Fans can follow the USMNT during World Cup qualifying on Twitter (@USMNT), Instagram (@USMNT), Facebookand the official U.S. Soccer App.

"We are excited to be back at Exploria Stadium," Berhalter said. "This city and these fans have been a huge advantage to us throughout the years. In our last home game of the Octagonal we look forward to another special night of soccer."

With six matches remaining, the USMNT sits in second place in the Octagonal standings with 15 points and a 4-1-3 record. The top three teams in the group earn automatic qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

TICKETS

Presales for the match will begin on Monday, Jan. 24 with the public sale beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

In accordance with the local health authorities, and in cooperation with Exploria Stadium, as well as the U.S. Soccer medical team, tickets for these matches will be available at near full capacity. Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

EXCLUSIVE PRESALES FOR U.S. SOCCER INSIDERS

For the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, fans should consider becoming U.S. Soccer Insiders. Membership is free for Standard Insiders. Learn more.

Presale Schedule for MNT vs. Panama, presented by Visa

Sales Schedule Presale Date & Start Time

Circle Insiders Presale (Circle Insiders) Monday, Jan. 24 | 10 a.m. ET

VIP Insiders Presale (VIP Insiders) Tuesday, Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. ET

Premium Insiders Presale (Premium & Premium Family Insiders) Wednesday, Jan. 26 | 10 a.m. ET

Standard Insiders Presale (Standard Insiders) Friday, Jan. 28 | 10 a.m. ET

Visa Presale (Visa cardholders only) Monday, Jan. 31 | 10 a.m. ET

Public Sale Tuesday, Feb. 1 | 10 a.m. ET

VISA PRESALE

As the official payment technology sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® has made special arrangements for Visa cardholders to participate in an advance sale of tickets. These advance sales will take place from Monday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. ET to Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. ET through the purchase links at ussoccer.com. As the preferred card of U.S. Soccer, Visa will be the only payment method accepted during the Visa presale. Terms and conditions apply.

BACK TO THE LIONS DEN

The site of the USA-Panama home World Cup Qualifier will seem familiar to USMNT fans, as the venue hosted this fixture four years ago. On Oct. 6, 2017, two first-half goals from Jozy Altidore as well as well-crafted strikes from Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood led the USA to a 4-0 shutout in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,303 fans.

In 2019, the USMNT unloaded on Canada in a 4-1 win in Concacaf Nations League A play. Gyasi Zardes grabbed a brace, Jordan Morris tallied a goal and an assist while Aaron Long also scored in the victory that made Berhalter the second-fastest coach in team history to reach 10 wins.

The winning ways continued in 2021 when the USMNT kicked off the year with a dominant 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago as four players scored and five added assists. Jesús Ferreira, Paul Arriola and Jonathan Lewis all scored twice, marking the first time since 1993 that three USMNT players scored multiple goals in a single game.

Overall, the USA holds a perfect 4-0-0 record at Exploria Stadium and a 5-2-0 record in Orlando overall.

MARCH TRIPLE DATE

The match against Panama is part of the 'triple date' in World Cup Qualifying during which the U.S. will play three matches in seven days.

In advance of the game in Orlando, the USMNT will play away to Mexico on March 24 in Mexico City. The USA will conclude the final round Octagonal on March 30 in Costa Rica.

Under the new qualifying format, a total of eight teams - increased from six in previous cycles - will compete in the Final Round, with the top three teams advancing to Qatar '22. The fourth-place team will participate in an Intercontinental playoff for the last spot.

The 10 matches in the Final Round had typically been played during the course of 18 months. Due to schedule changes related to the global pandemic and the new format, each team will play 14 matched in a seven-month period.

STADIUM SAFETY PROTOCOLS

U.S. Soccer will follow official local health guidelines for this event. Fans are encouraged not to bring in bags of any kind. All tickets will be mobile-only. There will be reserved seating only; general admission will not be allowed. All concession stands will be cashless to reduce points of contact. Ticket holders are subject to U.S. Soccer's Ticketing Terms and Conditions and Fan Code of Conduct.


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