The Jacksonville Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville have announced that EverBank Field will host a 2018 World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. men's national team and Trinidad & Tobago. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 6.
According to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars and owner Shad Khan were "heavily involved" in the negotiations to bring the U.S. men's national team to EverBank Field.
Jaguars president Mark Lamping, Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry, Jacksonville sports and entertainment officer Dave Herrell, and Mark Frisch, who owns the NASL Jacksonville Armada FC soccer franchise, were also in attendance and instrumental in helping land the match.
In 2014, the U.S. men's national team played a tune up game against Nigeria for their impending World Cup and saw 52,033 show up at EverBank for the send off. After the U.S. won 2-1, manager Jurgen Klinsmann said Jacksonville was "tremendous to us" and that it's "very special when you come to a place that welcomes the national team in an amazing way."
The U.S. is currently in third place in their group after three matches in which they've beaten St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0, drawn with Trinidad & Tobago 0-0, and lost to Guatemala 2-0. Their next match is Tuesday night at home against Guatemala.