In a massive move for the city of Cincinnati, USSF announced today that TQL Stadium would host the biggest match of the US Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifying campaign this fall. The match will feature a regional rivalry with roots that run deep in Ohio. 

Columbus, Ohio has hosted every USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier since 1997. Moving the match from the city of Columbus to Cincinnati is another chapter in the Hell is Real rivalry which has quickly turned into one of the most intense in MLS. TQL Stadium’s twitter account even tweeted this meme after the announcement: 

Cincinnati winning the hosting rights to this match over Columbus is another example in a long line of examples of how FC Cincinnati has done everything right as an organization except putting together a competent soccer team. For fans who are, rightly, frustrated with the state of the soccer team, this win is another example of how Jeff Berding has been a net positive for the franchise and soccer in the city. 

How to get tickets

US Soccer has this handy guide online on how tickets will be distributed to fans:

The bad news is, you needed to sign up by Tuesday to be a US Soccer Premium Insider in order to get into the first three drawings. From there, FC Cincinnati season ticket holders and American Outlaw members will be on the same footing for the fourth draw. If you are an FC Cincinnati season ticket holder, you already have put yourself in the best position to get tickets as you can. Otherwise, you’ll be left to fend for yourself in the wasteland known as the secondary market. 

Applications for tickets will be sent to the above groups the week of August 30th, and you’ll have until September 7th to get your application in for the ticket drawing. May the odds be ever in your favor. 

Cincinnati will host USA v Mexico Men’s World Cup Qualifier