The United States will begin the road to Russia 2018 with a game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The U.S. men’s national team will return to St. Louis for the first time since 1997 when it faces either St. Vincent & the Grenadines or Aruba in a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 13.
The match will be the USA’s opening game of the semifinal round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have been drawn into Group C with Trinidad and Tobago, along with the winners of two third-round matchups: St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Aruba, and Guatemala vs. Antigua and Barbuda.
Busch Stadium will host the match, which represents the team’s first game in St. Louis since a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now St. Louis Soccer Park) in June 1997. It’s the USA’s first World Cup qualifier in St. Louis since 1989.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first World Cup qualifier towards Russia 2018 in St. Louis,” Klinsmann said in a release. “There is no more appropriate place to start this campaign than a city that has contributed so much to the history and tradition of soccer in the United States. Some of the best players we have ever produced have ties there, and now we look forward to bringing the national team back home to St. Louis where we know the support will be incredible.”
The two-legged playoff between St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Aruba is scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 8.