JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Men’s National Team returns to EverBank Field Tuesday night for the final match of the semifinal qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The men’s team has played at EverBank Field four times before this match and they've been victorious every time: Against Israel in 1997; Germany in 1999; Scotland in 2012; Nigeria in 2014.
It was the record crowd for the "send-off series" match in June 2014 against Nigeria that really helped Jacksonville emerge as the host city for this match. Since then, the First Coast has been at the forefront of offers to host the game.
"Jacksonville has been tremendous to us," USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Kinsmann said. "It's something very special when you come to a place that welcomes the national team in an amazing way."
Armada owner Mark Frisch and UNF soccer men’s coach Derek Marinatos say their teams will do whatever it takes to help fill the stands to break the current record.
They say the perfect weather, the huge fan base and the renovations and upgrades to Everbank have set the bar high.
“We wanted to get a meaningful game, not just a sendoff game or an exhibition,” said Marinatos.
The game starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. USMNT will take on Trinidad and Tobago. Up until now, the USMNT record against T&T in the World Cup is 11-1-2, with the one loss in 2008.
Tickets are available on Ticketmaster, but are going fast. Parking passes are available at the Veterans Memorial Arena.
The USMNT must either tie or win tonight to secure advancement to the final round before the World Cup, otherwise they will rely on how their points stack up against Guatemala, who is also playing tonight at the same time. The USMNT have an explainer online with more details of you are interested.