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Soccer World Reacts To Attendance At USA-Mexico Game

Mexico and the United States play in a World Cup Qualifier.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 24: Hirving Lozano of Mexico controls the ball during a match between Mexico and United States as part of Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Azteca Stadium on March 24, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The United States and Mexico are playing in what could be the biggest match of this World Cup qualifying cycle.

This time, the game is taking place at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, one of the hardest places for opposing teams to play. For one, it's 7,200 feet above sea level and it usually hosts close to 88,000 fans.

On Thursday night though, there aren't as many fans due to COVID restrictions, plus FIFA sanctions.

That hasn't stopped the soccer world from noticing that the stadium is probably holding less than 50,000 fans.

This is the first of three World Cup qualifiers for these two countries as this is also the last qualifying window. Both countries are looking to qualify for the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar in November.

If the U.S. loses this game, it won't be too detrimental to getting back to the world's biggest tournament. The U.S. would have to hope Canada gets a point against Costa Rica tonight, plus beat Panama on Sunday to clinch its berth into the World Cup.

You can watch tonight's game on Paramount+ or CBS Sports Network.