It’s a huge game between two huge rivals and CONCACAF is hoping to have an even 50-50 split of fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the USMNT’s crunch Confederations Cup playoff game against Mexico on Oct. 10.
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The winners of the 2013 Gold Cup (U.S.) and the 2015 Gold Cup (Mexico) will square off in a one-off game to decide which nation will represent the region at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. With FIFA dates already set, a one-off game was the only option rather and a home-and-home setup.
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CONCACAF selected the Rose Bowl as a neutral venue due to its capacity of close to 92,542 and even though it’s on U.S. soil, it’s clear to many in the Los Angeles area that the crowd could be extremely pro-Mexico on Oct. 10.
Tickets will be distributed in the following manner: 30 percent of the capacity to each the U.S. and Mexican federations which must be purchased by Sept. 18, with a further 30 percent distributed via a lottery system and 10 percent going to sponsors and local clubs. Tickets will be distributed to supporters groups such as the American Outlaws and the game will undoubtedly be a sell out.
The last time these two teams squared off at the Rose Bowl, Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup final 4-2 after the U.S. led 2-0 early on. On that day reports emerged of issues regarding fan segregation and the lack of policing from security inside the stadium. With clear segregation between U.S. and Mexico fans this time around, this game will be one of the biggest in CONCACAF’s history.
Despite their poor form at the 2015 Gold Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side may be the favorites after Miguel Herrera was fired as Mexico’s boss after an altercation with a journalist after he delivered the 2015 Gold Cup. Just six weeks before this huge game, El Tri does not have a head coach.
One thing they will have in six weeks time is plenty of fans at the Rose Bowl. Fans of the U.S. national team, how do you feel about the game being played in California compared to say, New York City, Atlanta or should I even say Columbus…?
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