After a two-month layoff, the U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its 2022 portion of FIFA World Cup Qualifying by hosting El Salvador at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN). USA WCQ Continues With Three Games
A victory will mean the USMNT (4-1-3, 12 points) will retain at least second place in the Concacaf Octagonal. A USA win, combined with a draw or loss by first-place Canada (4-0-4, 16) at last-place Honduras (0-5-3, 3) the same day, would boost the Americans into the group lead in its quest to reach Qatar.
Following the match against El Salvador, the USMNT travels to take on group leaders Canada in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday, January 30 (2:00 p.m. CT; Paramount+, Telemundo, Universo). The United States then heads home for a Wednesday February 2 encounter with Honduras at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. (6:30 p.m. CT; FS1, Univision, TUDN).
Seven points from these three matches – wins against bottom of the table Honduras and El Salvador and a draw with leaders Canada – would go a long way towards ensuring qualification for Quatar (clinching scenario below) . Choosing to play the games in extremely cold temperatures is not ideal in my opinion. One inopportune slip and results change quickly. I’d prefer the US show some confidence and let us see the talent on display in proper conditions.
The Athletic Narrowing The Talent Gap
February 2 at St. Paul: 3-0 win (McKennie, Zimmerman, Pulisic)
January 30 at Canada: 0-2
Early in the 2nd half, similar short goal kick by Canada but they challenged the ball and US ended up cycling it into their own half. Canada wins. https://t.co/uyQUVfrMTv
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) January 30, 2022
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 30, 2022
January 27 v El Salvador in Columbus: 1-0 win on Antonee Robinson 2nd half goal
Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 26/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 13/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 22/1), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 15/2), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 1/0), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 8/0), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 6/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 19/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 15/3), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 71/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 23/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 45/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 22/1), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 4/0), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution; 33/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 28/8), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 11/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 30/0)
FORWARDS (8): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 15/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 42/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 5/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 40/10), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER; 7/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 42/17), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 18/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 66/14)
For more information on the players, visit the USsoccer.com website
VAR will be implemented in all January and March Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 https://t.co/g3QsKwxq4v
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) January 26, 2022
US Soccer offers an update on CONCACAF Qualifying rules as well as a look back at the first eight matches in this report.
USA WCQ Continues With Three Games