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Cincinnati, TQL Stadium to host US-Mexico 2022 World Cup qualifier

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Cincinnati will host a men's World Cup qualifying match at FC Cincinnati's TQL Stadium between the United States and Mexico on Nov. 12.

The match is part of a 14-game qualifying schedule, featuring eight countries from the CONCACAF region are battling for three spots in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fourth place team will enter inter-confederation play for a final spot.

The match is historically hosted in Columbus.
This is just the second time the U.S. Men's National Team has played in Cincinnati. The first was June 9, 2019, when the USA hosted Venezuela at Nippert Stadium in a tune-up match ahead of the 2019 Gold Cup. 

A famous chant "Dos-A-Cero" became an unofficial nickname of the game between the US Team and Mexico, which originated from similar World Cup qualifiers held in Columbus. 

It signifies the final score (2-nil) and is a rallying cry for the home team, which has been the final result from the last four World Cup qualifiers played in Columbus, Ohio. It's has actually been the most common scoreline in the series. There have been 13 games out of 66 total in the U.S. vs. Mexico rivalry that have ended with 2-0 on the scoreboard.

2026 World Cup

Cincinnati remains in the running to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup. The United States is jointly hosting the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico. Three cities each in Canada and Mexico are already determined. Cincinnati is among the 17 U.S. cities bidding for one of the 10 U.S. host city slots.

According to a release, games in Cincinnati would be held at Paul Brown Stadium. 

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