U.S. soccer sells out World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico in Columbus

Fans from every state and Washington, D.C., bought tickets for next week's sold-out World Cup qualifier between the United States and Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Soccer Federation said on Tuesday.

U.S. Soccer offered seats for the match via a lottery. They received almost 17,000 requests for 56,270 tickets.

MAPFRE Stadium, which has hosted every quadrennial home qualifier between the Americans and El Tri since 2001, has a listed capacity of 23,665 for the match.

U.S. Soccer will not issue actual paper tickets for the game, however.

In an effort to prevent counterfeit ducats from being circulated on the resale market, the federation is distributing only mobile tickets for the first time.

The U.S. has won all four previous meetings with Mexico at MAPFRE by identical 2-0 scorelines.

The venue, which is home to Columbus Crew SC of MLS, was the only soccer-specific stadium in the country when it opened in 1999.