Nissan Stadium to host United States-Canada World Cup qualifier

Nissan Stadium, home of Nashville SC, will host the US men's national team’s first home game of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying — a showdown with Canada on Sept. 5 (8 pm ET | FS1, UniMas, TUDN), US Soccer announced Sunday.

The official announcement was made by Nashville mayor John Cooper during the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event in the city's downtown area.

“We know that one of the things critical to our success in World Cup Qualifying is having a strong home crowd and winning our home games,” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “When I think about the stadium, the field, and a crowd that’s full of energy, there's no better place to kick off our home World Cup qualifying series than in Nashville. It’s a vibrant city and we look forward to playing there.”

The USMNT’s march to the Concacaf Gold Cup final in 2017 started at Nissan Stadium, when a then-Tennessee soccer record crowd of 47,622 fans watched the United States battle Panama to a 1-1 draw.

A year later, more than 40,000 fans witnessed the US defeat Mexico 1-0 in an international friendly on Tyler Adams’ first goal. Most recently, the USMNT defeated Jamaica, 3-1, in the 2019 Gold Cup semifinals.

Overall, the US have amassed a 4-2-1 record in Nashville.

The Octagonal match is the second of three in a seven-day span, starting with a meeting with El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador on Sept. 2 and culminating against Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Sept. 8.