Mexico vs USMNT: Score, updates for 2022 World Cup qualifier as it happened

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Mexico vs USMNT live, 2022 World Cup qualifier preview: The longtime giants of CONCACAF are set to renew their bitter rivalry when the Yanks travel south to Estadio Azteca on Thursday (10 pm ET).

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The challenge is even greater than usual for Gregg Berhalter and Co., this time around, as the USMNT will be without five likely starters due to a rash of injuries suffered in recent days and weeks.

First, defender Chris Richards picked up an ankle injury in the 2-0 defeat away to Canada in January; midfielder Weston McKennie broke his foot amid some of his best form since joining Juventus; goalkeeper Matt Turner suffered a foot injury just days before the New England Revolution’s 2022 opener and is yet to make his season debut; right back Sergiño Dest damaged his hamstring; and finally, over the weekend, Brenden Aaronson sprained an MCL. None of the four players, all of whom have been or became established starters during the first 11 games of World Cup qualifying, are in US Men’s National Team camp this week.

In their absences, the likes of Zack Steffen (injured throughout much of World Cup qualifying), Kellyn Acosta (four starts in WCQ), Walker Zimmerman (rotational starter at center back), Reggie Cannon or DeAndre Yedlin (four starts between them this cycle), and Gio Reyna (injured since his last USA appearance in September) will be asked to step up and end the USMNT’s eight-year wait for a return to the World Cup.

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How to watch Mexico vs USMNT World Cup qualifier live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 pm ET, Thursday (March 24)
All-time series leader: Mexico – 36 wins, USA – 22 wins, Draws – 15
Current FIFA rankings: Mexico – 12th, USA – 13th
Live analysis: Here on ProSoccerTalk
On-site: NBC Sports’ Nick Zaccardi will be at the Azteca
TV channel/streaming: CBS Sports Network, Paramount+, Univision, TUDN


The stakes are high for both sides, as they sit 2nd (USA) and 3rd (Mexico) in the CONCACAF table, level with one another on 21 points. The USMNT secured another famous 2-0 victory over El Tri back in November. The USMNT has never won a World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca, making Thursday a rare opportunity for a first-ever WCQ double over Mexico.

A victory would put either side on the cusp of securing qualification to next winter’s tournament in Qatar, while a defeat could see either slip to within one point of 4th place (inter-confederation playoffs) with only two games left.

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Mexico vs USMNT lineup, score, updates, live analysis


90th minute plus stoppage: Well… it went exactly how it was going to look when you go from pressing your foot down on the gas pedal to telling Mexico to have at it for the final 10-plus minutes. Read more about that here.

Gregg Berhalter announces after the game that Shaq Moore will be called into camp for the matches against Panama and Costa Rica following Reggie Cannon’s positive COVID test.


80th minute: Berhalter is making some weird, weird subs, going to four center backs, in a sense, by removing right back Yedlin and center mid Adams for Erik Palmer-Brown and Aaron Long.

We’ll just let that sit here for you. And then add that Christian Pulisic was removed minutes later for Jordan Morris, who nearly conceded a penalty.


73rd minute: Gregg Berhalter is denied a chance for his two subs and big center midfield chance to make him look like a genius.

Kellyn Acosta spots Giovanni Reyna, who cushion a ball to Pefok in the heart of the box.

The Young Boys center forward half-shoots, half-tries to find Reyna with a return pass. It’s a mess and it stinks and it should be 1-0 (again).


70th minute: Walker Zimmerman has had a good game and is having none of Raul Jimenez’s bid to buy a penalty off the Yanks center back.

It’s telltale that one of Mexico’s very best players felt it important to try and hit the deck in the box, where El Tri has so rarely lived tonight.


60th minute: These are good subs. Pepi will not make a difference as he’s off the pitch for red-hot Young Boys striker Jordan Pefok, and TImothy Weah is off for Giovanni Reyna.

Weah looked good early but someone had to come off and it wasn’t going to be Pulisic.


51st minute: Heart-in-throat time as Chucky Lozano can’t get in front of DeAndre Yedlin but the TV viewer doesn’t know that as Zack Steffen lets a good-looking cross zip through the six.

0-0.

Another note: Ricardo Pepi has been essentially silent for a half-hour or more. We’ve said that before and seen him deliver on his next chance. Could this be that, again?


49th minute: Kellyn Acosta slips Pulisic into the box but there are no runners at the back post and the Chelsea star settles for a hard shot and resulting corner kick.

The Yanks get the corner service from Acosta and a second ball but can’t manufacture real danger and it remains 0-0.

A goal could mean first place on the table as Canada’s Mark Anthony Kaye has picked up a very CONCACAF second yellow and the table-leaders trail at Costa Rica after Panama drew Honduras.


HALFTIME

It has to be said that the U.S. has been largely better but that’s not saying a ton given how poorly Mexico has played over the first 45 minutes.

Tata Martino will be furious with Mexico’s performance but happy to be headed into the break at 0-0.

How will Berhalter feel about the fact that the Yanks should be ahead 1-0 through Pulisic and might’ve been up even earlier when Ochoa denied Weah?

Mexico will expect more out of its forward and perhaps even make a change, and Martino will know he’s one goal away from ruining the Yanks’ great effort.

The big question: Will Gregg Berhalter go for it, or settle in for a point?

Here are the numbers…

Mexico vs USMNT halftime stats

Mexico 0, USMNT 0

Scorers: None

Shot attempts: Mexico 4, USMNT 4

Shots on goal: Mexico 1, USMNT 3

Possession: Mexico 57, USMNT 43


36th minute: Oh, it should be 1-0 to the visitors.

Timothy Weah is having a day with the left side of the Mexican formation, and his cross finds Christian Pulisic on the doorstep.

Is this the latest installment of Captain America as El Tri haunter? Nope. Pulisic flutters his shot off the arm of a desperate Ochoa. A good save from the veteran but it should’ve been 1-0 to the Yanks at Azteca.

It doesn’t not improve with each viewing.


23rd minute: Now Tyler Adams plays Timothy Weah down the right side and it’s another foul and an even more dangerous free kick.

This time, it’s Christian Pulisic lording over the effort.

The chance goes for nothing as Mexico gets the ball out of bounds on the right.


21st minute: Christian Pulisic wins a free kick and a yellow card off of Edson Alvarez, who will now miss Mexico’s next qualifier.

The chance is dead center and 35 yards away from goal, which is not shooting country against a keeper as good as Memo Ochoa.

Or is it? It isn’t Kellyn Acosta strikes it solid but right at Ochoa.


13th minute: We’ve got chances!

First, it’s Zack Steffen collecting a Cesar Montes header off a Tecatito cross, and the Yanks counter through Antonee Robinson on the left.

The Fulham man has had tricky moments at the back already but his cross makes its way to Timothy Weah for a less than full-force shot that Memo Ochoa palms out for a corner (which comes to nothing).


9th minute: Anything but fluid, although a nice Tecatito move in the midfield springs Mexico down the right.

Antonee Robinson is caught twice being a little too aggressive but there’s no payoff for El Tri.


1st minute: The Yanks come out of the gates fast and are pressing Mexico high up the field with numbers. Memo Ochoa is forced to intervene inside of the first 60 seconds and there are promising signs for the Yanks in a daunting atmosphere.

As an aside, Panama’s halftime lead over Honduras adds pressure to both teams’ need to create space from Los Canaleros in addition to each other.


9:44pm ET: Nerves? Yeah, we got ’em.

Hector Herrera may no longer be the surefire best midfielder in CONCACAF but he’s got a lot of big-match experience at Azteca against good opposition. The Yanks will be missing Weston McKennie and he’s the piece that give Berhalter superior footing in the middle of the park. Kellyn Acosta is good and Yunus Musah could be very good, but the former can be erratic and the latter is quite green.


9:06pm ET: The lineups are out and there are not too many surprises considering we knew Gregg Berhalter wouldn’t have access to Weston McKennie (foot), Brenden Aaronson (knee), Sergiño Dest (hamstring), Chris Richards (ankle), and Matt Turner (foot).

McKennie and Aaronson missed the 2-0 win in the reverse fixture, but this is a very similar cast. The bad news is that Reggie Cannon’s absence is COVID-related and Yedlin is the only dedicated right back currently with the team. Perhaps Joe Scally might get a call?

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USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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