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USMNT to Defend Nations League Crown in Las Vegas

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The USMNT’s road to defending their inaugural CONCACAF Nations League crown will lead them to Las Vegas, after the Nevada city was announced to be the host of the semifinals and final in mid-June.

CONCACAF announced on Monday that the Allegiant Stadium, which most notably hosts the Las Vegas Raiders in NFL play, was awarded the three games of the final stage of the ongoing second edition of the Nations League.

The four-team field will consist of the top finishers of the four groups, which wrap up play in the ongoing international window.

While the Americans are currently in second place in their three-team Group D, it would take a historical collapse for them to not come out atop the group. They have played one fewer game than both El Salvador and Grenada, and will face each of those teams over the coming days.

The USMNT has never lost to either team in any friendlies or official competitions, and have beaten the Salvadorians, who they host in Florida, every time they have met on American soil stretching back more than 30 years.

They are looking to defend their title as reigning champions, after they beat Mexico in by a 3-2 score in overtime in the 2021 final, which took place in Denver.

El Tri are in an identical position to the Americans in Group A, and will likely overtake current first-place Jamaica to reach the final four.

Seedings for the semifinal will be decided according to performance in the group stage rather than by FIFA rankings, meaning that a semifinal meeting between the two regional powerhouses could occur, should either fail to sweep their final two group games.

The two semifinals will both be played on Thursday, June 15, with both the third-place game and the final taking place three days later on Sunday, June 18.

The 61,000 capacity stadium hosted the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, also won by the Americans against Mexico in overtime, and will be the location of the next Super Bowl in February, 2024.


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