And, they're gone.
The United States' next World Cup qualifying match, against Mexico on Nov. 11 at Columbus Crew SC's MAPFRE Stadium, is officially a sellout. And for the first time in US Soccer history, all tickets will be issued in mobile-only format.
The federation said Monday that it had received almost 17,000 valid requests, from 49 states and the District of Columbia, for a total of more than 56,000 tickets. MAPFRE seats 23,665, so the tickets were awarded via a lottery system. Those whose requests were successful were due to be notified by midnight Monday.
This is the fifth straight sellout for a World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus. This match is both teams' first in the final Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Fans whose requests were unsuccessful will be entered automatically into a second lottery for any added seating or unused tickets which become available. Fans also have several options to upgrade and/or guarantee tickets through various US Soccer programs, all on a first-come, first-served basis.