St. Paul is hosting the American men’s national team’s World Cup qualifier in February – Twin Cities

The American men’s national football team is coming to the frozen tundra.

Allianz Field and St. Paul will host a World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras on February 2, sources told Pioneer Press on Wednesday.

Minnesota United have been looking for a World Cup qualifier in this 2021-22 cycle and have been rewarded with a match at the helm of the CONCACAF region on eight teams. The United States (4-1-2, 15 points) is currently in second place in CONCACAF after Canada (4-0-4, 16) and ahead of Mexico and Panama (both with 4-2-2, 15). There are currently six matches left in the region.

It’s a bold move to come to Minnesota to play in the middle of winter, with average temperatures in early February at a maximum of 25 degrees and a minimum of 9, with snow and wind cooling also possible.

The USMNT wants to create a home-court advantage, and that was seen elsewhere earlier this month when Canada beat Mexico in the cold, snow-covered Edmonton.

If there are weather problems, a procedure will be established with the CONCACAF Match Commissioner. Allianz Field, an outdoor stadium in the Midway district, has a heating system under its natural turf.

USMNT returns to St. Paul for the first time since the Gold Cup in the summer of 2019, and Minnesota will be the 21st state to host a World Cup qualifier.

The game on February 2 does not have many alternatives to potential delay, with FIFA’s international window running from January 24 to February. 2 and the United States will host El Salvador on January 27 and a trip to Canada on January 30.

The top three teams from CONCACAF qualify for the World Cup in Qatar on November 21-Dec. 18 and a fourth is going to a play-in tournament.

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