Unbeaten in eight World Cup qualifiers since it opened in 1999 -- more games than at any other venue -- the U.S. national team will return to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, for the March 29 match
against Guatemala in the semifinal round of Concacaf qualifying for Russia 2018. WCQ: USA in Columbus 2000:
T 0-0 vs. Costa Rica 2001:
W 2-0 vs. Mexico 2004:
W 3-0 vs. Grenada 2004:
T 1-1 vs. Jamaica 2005:
W 2-0 vs. Mexico 2009:
W 2-0 vs. Mexico 2012:
W 1-0 vs. Jamaica 2013:
W 2-0 vs. Mexico
The match will will be played four days after the USA and
Guatemala meet at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. A U.S. sweep of the two games would likely clinch a berth in the Hexagonal.
The USA opened with a 6-1 win over St. Vincent &
the Grenadines and 0-0 tie against Trinidad & Tobago. Guatamala dig a hole for itself when it opened Group C play with a 2-1 loss to T&T at home.
The USA is 7-0-3 overall and
6-0-2 in eight World Cup qualifying match