LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022) – Dignity Health Sports Park will host an international exhibition match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Colombia on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 as the USMNT kicks off its 2026 World Cup cycle.
The United States will hit the ground running after its World Cup run in Qatar, with Colombia ranked No. 17 in the latest FIFA World Ranking. The USA hold a 3-13-4 record all-time against Los Cafeteros. The South American squad narrowly missed qualification to Qatar and last faced the USA in an October 2018 friendly topping the USMNT 4-2 in Tampa, Fla. Ahead of the match against Colombia, the U.S. will square off against Serbia at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
Since Dignity Health Sports Park opened in summer 2003, the USA has played a January or February match in the venue a total of 12 of the last 18 years. Notably, The USMNT holds a 12-2-3 all-time record in 17 matches played at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Presales for the matches will begin on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT with the public sale beginning on Monday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Dependent on remaining ticket availability, groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com starting Tuesday, Nov. 22.
USA VS. COLOMBIA
The USA will face a Colombia squad hungry to kickstart the 2026 World Cup cycle after missing the tournament for the first time since 2010. The U.S. will look to earn its first victory against the South American squad since March 2005, a 3-0 win in Fullerton, Calif. One of the USMNT’s most memorable World Cup victories came against Colombia in Southern California during the 1994 World Cup, a 2-1 win at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena featuring a goal from current U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart.
LA DOUBLE HEADER TO START 2023
After the condensed World Cup qualifying schedule featured three Octagonal matches for the USMNT during January/February 2022, the USA returns to the passionate soccer community in the Los Angeles area for its launch of the 2026 World Cup cycle. The USMNT has played in California 114 times, more than any other state, with 43 of those matches taking place in the Los Angeles area. The USA is 12-2-3 at Dignity Health Sports Park all-time.