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CHICAGO (Nov. 2, 2021) – In continuation of preparations for the January World Cup Qualifiers, the USMNT will host Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18 at Dignity Health Sports Park. The team will hold training camp beginning Dec. 5 in Carson, Calif.
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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – WINTER EDITION
The United States will play a trio of critical World Cup Qualifiers during the winter window, beginning with a home match on Jan. 27 against El Salvador. Three days later, the U.S. will cross the northern border to take on Canada, then back home for the conclusion of the three-game set against Honduras.
With the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina falling outside of a FIFA international fixture date and one week after MLS Cup, the majority of the roster will be comprised of domestic-based players.
While the road to Qatar is long and winding, the USMNT has positioned itself well at the start of the campaign, sitting in second place in Octagonal through six matches. In addition to 25 players earning their first appearance in a World Cup Qualifier, the USA took the field not only with its youngest lineup in World Cup qualifying but also in any official competition when it captured a 2-1 win against Costa Rica in front of a raucous, sell-out crowd of 20,165 in its return to Columbus.
AGAINST BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
This will be the third meeting since the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed in 1992. A hat trick by Jozy Altidore and the debut appearances of John Brooks, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood highlighted the USA’s 4-3 victory on Aug. 14, 2013, in Sarajevo. Most recently, the teams took the field in this same venue to open the USA’s 2018 schedule, with goalkeeper Zack Steffen earning his first cap and contributing to the shutout in a spirited 0-0 draw.
AT THE DIG
Dignity Health Sports Park has been a frequent host for USMNT matches at the end of the annual January camp, with the test against Bosnia and Herzegovina marking the 1th time these games have been played in Carson since 2004. It’s also the return for the United States to the stadium after nearly two years, with the team last earning a 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020. Overall, the USMNT holds an 12-2-3 record at the venue, including 10 shutouts.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES | COVID-19 WARNING
The latest guidelines from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public require all guests ages 12 and over to provide ONE of the following in order to be admitted to the stadium:
(a) photo identification with matching proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR
(b) photo identification with matching negative COVID-19 viral test results from within 72 hours of the listed event time
Guests under the age of 12 are not yet permitted to be vaccinated and are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test but, like all attendees, will be required to wear a mask at all times except when actively eating or drinking.