World Cup qualifier USA vs. Mexico today in Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati stadium.

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FC Cincinnati stadium.

While the United States Men’s National Team does not play until Friday night, chants echoed through Cincinnati sports bar The Pitch on Thursday.

Several hundred supporters have arrived in Cincinnati to cheer on the home team in a World Cup qualifier against rival Mexico at TQL Stadium. New Jersey resident Stephen Goldsmith, a member of the team’s official supporter group, is just one fan who traveled hours to watch the match.

“Not a vacation, but a great opportunity to cheer on U.S. Soccer while having fun,” Goldsmith said. “I’m working tomorrow so it’s a win-win...excited to check off another soccer specific stadium.”

The fans, mostly sporting red, white and blue, are all ready for Cincinnati to be on the world’s stage.

“Once I heard it was in Cincinnati, that was it for me,” Virginia resident Jesse Malave said. “I got my ticket, got my plane ticket as well — both at the same time.”

“They could’ve said Fairbanks, Alaska, it wouldn’t have mattered,” New Mexico resident Samuel Cota said. “US-Mexico, World Cup qualifier? I had to go.”

Business owners said they are excited for thousands of visitors flocking to downtown, a win-win for bars, retailers and hotels. When it comes to the match, win or lose, Friday promises to be a fun, profitable time in Cincinnati.

“They’re starting events at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, game isn’t until 9. We’ll probably do something at 2, and keep going.”

Those who have tickets will be flooding the city all day and there are roads closed around the stadium.

The match begins at 9 p.m. today and will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+. A look at Ticketmaster for tickets to the match around 8 a.m. Friday morning showed single tickets starting at $300 each.

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