The U.S. team is playing both of its home games in this three-game World Cup qualifying window in northern cities seeking a home-country advantage against tropical opponents El Salvador in Columbus and Honduras in St. Paul.
Such conditions would reach "extreme conditions" under safety guidelines U.S. Soccer published in 2015. That "black" alert level recommends cancellation or rescheduling indoors because of frostbite threat.
Some snow in St. Paul probably wouldn’t rival the U.S. qualifier in March 2013 against Costa Rica in Colorado, where a blizzard turned the game into an absurd exercise.
“I look back at some of my first times watching the men’s national team, and seeing that game in Colorado sticks out,” defender Walker Zimmerman said. “I want it to be freezing. I want it to be cold. I want it to snow. I want to be a part of something so iconic that I saw and really remembered growing up. That’s exciting to me.”