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Orlando Selected to Host U.S. Men’s National Team Match

ORLANDO – U.S. Soccer has selected Orlando to host the U.S. Men’s National Team’s critical Concacaf Nations League home match on Nov. 15 against Canada.

Kickoff at Exploria Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMas and TUDN.

With the participants for the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be determined based on FIFA rankings at the conclusion of this tournament, Nations League’s matches have added significance for their impact on the rankings.

“Winning at home is critical in these tournaments, so finding a home-field advantage is important, “U.S. MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you talk about great environments, the atmosphere in this stadium is one of the best in the country. Like we’ve seen in previous visits, the fans in Orlando are there when you need them and we look forward to their support.”

The USA is joined by Canada and Cuba in Group A of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A. Only the winner of the group will advance to the knockout stage, and Canada opened play with consecutive victories against Cuba by an aggregate score of 7-0.

“It’s an honor every time we have the privilege to host U.S. Soccer at Exploria Stadium, especially in games that have competitive importance like this Concacaf Nations League match,” said Alex Leitão, CEO of Orlando City Soccer Club. “We are excited to yet again showcase the incredible soccer supporters we have here in Orlando and put our beautiful stadium on global display. We can’t wait for an exciting battle between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Canada, and to perhaps see some of our Lions out there, as well.”

The USMNT plays its inaugural match in the Nations League against Cuba next month on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.

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