September 19, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) The United States will play its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, for the fifth straight time.

After four consecutive 2-0 home wins at Columbus in qualifiers against El Tri, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced the decision Monday on the site of the Nov. 11 match.

Seeking its eighth straight World Cup berth, the U.S. opens the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region at home, then plays four days later at Costa Rica in its second match of the Hexagonal.

The top three nations advance to the 2018 tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place team meets the No. 5 Asian team in a playoffs for a berth in the 32-nation field.

The USSF prefers Columbus, with a capacity of about 25,000, because it can try to limit sales of many tickets to Columbus Crew season ticket holders and USSF members.

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