May 16, 2018 11:09 AM
The first competitive match the United States Men's National Soccer Team will play after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup will be played in St. Paul at Minnesota United's Allianz Field.
The governing body for the region's national soccer teams - CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) - awarded a group stage game in the first round of the 2019 Gold Cup to St Paul. The official announcement was at still under-construction Allianz Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Gold Cup is a biennial competition between national teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The six national teams that advanced to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup receive automatic bids into the Gold Cup - Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. Ten other "at-large" teams will advance through qualifiers leading up to the Gold Cup.
The schedule and matchups for the tournament - including the date and United States' opponent for the match at Allianz Field - will be announced once the competition's field is filled.
The U.S. will play several "friendly" matches between leading up the Gold Cup, but the match in Saint Paul will be their first in an actual international competition.
St Paul is among 13 American cities that will host matches in the 2019 Gold Cup. Other venues outside the United States will also host matches.
Crews broke ground on Allianz Field, Minnesota United's future home, in May 2017. It's expected to be completed in February 2019 and will officially open for United's 2019 Major League Soccer season.
Updated: May 16, 2018 11:09 AM
Created: May 15, 2018 06:01 PM
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