The playoff match that is worth a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico has been pushed back one day, now happening on October 10th, as CONCACAF announced it this morning.
The game between the last two Gold Cup winners will still take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California at 6pm local time.
Changing the date from Friday to Saturday, according to CONCACAF, will allow more supporters to attend the game, having the entire day to enjoy, and create less traffic as the game is expected to bring 93,000 fans. There will be many other activities going on during the day, including an interactive fan zone just outside the stadium.
The date change however, also creates another issues, as it will conflict schedule with the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying matches on the same day in Sandy, Utah. This overlap eliminates the possibility of players appearing in both matches.
Tickets will be available starting in September, with an allocation method being implemented to make the distribution as fair as possible.
Since the match falls during an international window, both the USMNT and Mexico will be able to call up its best players. Mexico is still fresh off of the Gold Cup as the champions while the U.S. was eliminated in the semifinals.
The U.S. still has two friendly matches in September before this playoff game, one against Peru and one against Brazil. Mexico one the other hand, is without a coach as Miguel Herrera was fired after the Gold Cup, but will still face Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina before the playoff match.