General Soccer Discussion

#626      
lol @ Canada scheduling a match against Mexico in Edmonton in November. coldest match Mexico has ever played: wind chill of 5 degrees.

There's always gamesmanship like that in CONCACAF. Typically when the U.S. would play at Honduras, it seemed like the match was a mid-afternoon match played in the peak of the afternoon heat. Back during the 2014 qualifiers, the U.S. and Costa Rica played a match in late March in a snowstorm in Colorado (Granted, the U.S. were using that match as training for playing at altitude in the following match at Azteca).
 
#627      
Chicago
There's always gamesmanship like that in CONCACAF. Typically when the U.S. would play at Honduras, it seemed like the match was a mid-afternoon match played in the peak of the afternoon heat. Back during the 2014 qualifiers, the U.S. and Costa Rica played a match in late March in a snowstorm in Colorado (Granted, the U.S. were using that match as training for playing at altitude in the following match at Azteca).
i remember that match. they had to clear the snow multiple times so they could see the lines on the pitch
 
#629      
FIFA announced on Friday that the intercontinental playoffs will be single-leg matches played at a neutral site: https://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-wo...layoff-to-be-one-legged-games-at-neutral-site

The matches will take place June 13th and 14th at a host still to be determined. The playoffs will involve teams from AFC, CONMEBOL, OFC, and CONCACAF. 3 of the playoff teams (CONMEBOL, OFC, and CONCACAF) will be known by the end of March. The AFC representative will be decided in a single match-up playoff between the two 3rd place teams in the current qualification round (currently UAE and Australia) that is set to take place in May or June 2022.
 
#630      
U.S. Soccer announced yesterday the sites for their 2 home qualifiers in the next window: https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-...fying-sites-set-for-el-salvadorhondurascanada

The January 27th match vs. El Salvador will be played at Lower.com Field in Columbus. The February 2nd match vs. Honduras will be played at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

Canada Soccer announced today that the U.S.-Canada match on January 30th will be held in Hamilton, ON.
 
#631      
Draw for a couple of different events were held today.

First, the UEFA draw, which ended up like this, with the winners of each path qualifying through to the World Cup:

Path A
Wales vs. Austria
Scotland vs. Ukraine

Path B
Russia vs. Poland
Sweden vs. Czech Republic

Path C
Portugal vs. Turkey
Italy vs. North Macedonia

This means that either Portugal or Italy will miss the World Cup.
 
#632      
The inter-confederation playoff draw was held today as well. The AFC 4th round winner will face the 5th place team from CONMEBOL (currently Peru) and the 4th place finisher from CONCACAF (currently Panama) would face the OFC winner (which won't be known until March 2022 when they hold their qualification tournament in Qatar).
 
#633      
U.S. Soccer announced yesterday the sites for their 2 home qualifiers in the next window: https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-...fying-sites-set-for-el-salvadorhondurascanada

The January 27th match vs. El Salvador will be played at Lower.com Field in Columbus. The February 2nd match vs. Honduras will be played at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

Canada Soccer announced today that the U.S.-Canada match on January 30th will be held in Hamilton, ON.
Nice, warm venues for our Central American foes.