Premier League 2021-22 season grades for all 20 clubs


The Premier League’s 2021-22 season was kind to some and not to others, whether predictably (like Man City and Liverpool battling it out for the title) or not-so-predictably (like Manchester United trying to find diamond-tipped tools to dig beneath its own rock bottom).

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So once again, our gradebook is open.

And we are 100 percent positive that you will not agree with most of what we had to say concerning your team.

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It’s weird, isn’t it? The Gunners found their footing and helped a bunch of young players take the next steps. Their season saw them rewarded for sticking with Mikel Arteta, even if the Gunners wilted at the last hurdle and finished outside the top four. There were a lot of positives in their fifth-place finish, especially since many pegged the Gunners to finish no higher than seventh. Martin Odegaard took the next step and high-profile signings Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale proved inspired transfers. On the other hand, the new contract handed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned out to be a huge mistake and Arsenal’s late derby loss to Tottenham should be judged harshly.

Grade: B-

Aston Villa

We guess it depends what you were expecting by Villa and how much you want to pat Steven Gerrard on the pack for briefly reinvigorating the season before looking an awful lot like Dean Smith’s Villa. The Villans’ record was 3W-1D-7L before Gerrard managed his first game, a 2-0 win over Brighton at Villa Park. Gerrard’s men won four of his first six Premier League matches in charge only to show themselves just as capable of long losing runs under “Stevie G.” Villa won just once in seven matches between Boxing Day and Feb. 19, then won three-straight, then lost four on the spin. Villa scored almost nine goals more than xG and finished in 14th place with 45 points and a minus-2 goal differential. Last year they were 11th with 55 points and a plus-9 goal differential. Now comes an even bigger test for Gerrard: Will he be able to sway more players of the ilk of Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho to give Villa a try?

Grade: C-


Perhaps no team was rewarded less for good performances than the Bees, whose expected points haul was a full 10 points more than the 46 they claimed in their first Premier League season. Thomas Frank did an exceptional job leading the Bees into battle and signings like Christian Eriksen and Kristoffer Ajer proved inspired ones. Building on this season will provide tough in terms of bettering performances but perhaps not points. Brentford could’ve easily been a top-half team with a little rub of the green.

Grade: A-

Brighton and Hove Albion






With all due respect to Neal Maupay, a fine player, and savvy veteran Danny Welbeck, the Seagulls might’ve just claimed Potter a Conference League place if they weren’t leaning on playmakers Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard in the hopes of pushing out center forward-like finishing. Potter navigated the Ben White sale with class and there were high-profile injuries that cost Brighton their Best XI on a handful of occasions. Marc Cucurella was absolutely brilliant and Moises Caicedo looks the real deal (in a small sample size). If Enock Mwepu can find consistency of form and the Seagulls get their aforementioned striker, look out. They also have to “look out” for rivals trying to put Potter in their manager’s chair.

Grade: B+


Yes, they were relegated. But the club took interesting shots in the signing of Maxwel Cornet and Wout Weghorst (even if the latter was merely a reaction to Newcastle’s purchase of Chris Wood). It’s difficult to really assess their season without looking toward the next. Cornet and Weghorst won’t stay (you’d have to think), while Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Nick Pope, and Dwight McNeil seem destined for new places. Ashley Barnes isn’t going to wedgie opposition into submission for a promotion claim. The Clarets have a lot of work ahead of them.

Grade: D


Third place in the Premier League is third place in the Premier League, but the reigning UEFA Champions League winners fell so short of the expectations heaped on them when the Blues secured the services of Romelu Lukaku. And while it’s tempting to give the club a pass for the overwhelming drama caused by the punishment of soon-to-be (probably) former owner Roman Abramovich, Thomas Tuchel also couldn’t make a passable attack out of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Lukaku — who again was supposed to be the signing of the season for the entire league. Mason Mount was fantastic and the Blues back line was about as good as anyone outside of Man City.

Grade: C+

Crystal Palace

It’s easy to forget that Palace was devoid of a full roster heading into August, making the Eagles a popular pick to be relegated in Patrick Vieira’s first season as a Premier League manager. Vieira instead got the most out of his players and was aided big time by the arrival of Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, who changed at least a half-dozen games with superstar caliber performances. Palace was also unlucky when it came to expected points, claiming 10 points less than advanced stats implied they’d produced through performances.

Grade: A


What a mess. Credit to the Toffees for avoiding relegation but it was mistake after mistake after mistake from the hiring of Rafa Benitez to the sale of Lucas Digne (Benitez-inspired) to the hiring of Frank Lampard (which, it turns out, wasn’t really any sort of upgrade from Rafa Benitez… and that’s only a surprise to Everton supporters who just really dislike the Liverpool legend). The Toffees were 3-0 when Dominic Calvert-Lewin began a long run on the sidelines but it was their defense that was terrible. Everton had six wins, four draws, and 11 losses when Lampard was hired to replace Benitez. The Toffees won five, drew two, and lost 10 with him. Not good. But, hey, they… made it?

Grade: D

Leeds United

Maybe Marcelo Bielsa ran Leeds’ players into the ground. Maybe it was the 57-combined games missed from Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente, and Patrick Bamford. Maybe the club just needed a change in leadership. Regardless, Leeds did not take the “next steps” to becoming a European contender under Bielsa, and can be very happy that Jesse Marsch was able to right the ship. Remember: the American boss’ only losses after claiming his first win were to Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man City (three games in-a-row).

Grade: C

Leicester City

There were injuries. Yes, there were injuries including the significant and unnecessary early loss of Wesley Fofana that lasted most of the season. But a manager with Brendan Rodgers’ reputation probably should’ve been able to rally more points than the 52 scooped up by the Foxes. And when you consider that Leicester’s expected points were almost 10 fewer, well, Foxes fans have to hope that the season was just a series of unlucky bounces compounded by injuries. Still, a disappointment.

Grade: C


How good did the Reds look this season under Jurgen Klopp, which firmed up the boss and his staff’s reputation as elite talent-identifiers and -developers. It’s likely that Liverpool’s last half decade is going to force us to reevaluate how we define dynasties, because the Reds’ only flaw is that they aren’t quite Manchester City. The Reds look certain to address central midfield this summer. Can an upgrade there push them past Man City. And if it doesn’t, should we just give them a pass?

Grade: A+

Manchester City

There’s rarely been a force this powerful in world football. And while the spending deserves a lot of credit, you just have to look across town to see a team that spent a boatload of dough and looked abject.

Grade: A+

Manchester United

You know that ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal? That, but with a lot of hair gel.

Grade: F

Newcastle United

To start off without a win in 14 games and finish 11th is incredible. Many will point to the money spent in January — and that helped big time — but it was also a matter of former owner Mike Ashley being unwilling to fire Steve Bruce, who was not properly utilizing a squad that was bottom half, but not bottom of the barrel. That said, Bruno Guimares is going to make a lot of teams better and Newcastle’s convincing the Brazilian to buy into their takeover project is largely the reason the Magpies are safe to spend on Premier League talent this summer.

Grade: B-

Norwich City

Way too predictable. Way too beatable. Ultimately, this season will be way too forgettable for those who aren’t Canaries fans. The loss (sale) of Emiliano Buendia proved too deep a wound.

Grade: F


Ralph Hasenhuttl had his men ninth on the Premier League table about two-thirds of the way through the season… and won just once the rest of the way. Maybe it was the energy spent getting to ninth one season after struggling to stay safe, but Saints were outright bad down the stretch. Imagine what would’ve been without James Ward-Prowse’s free kick magic. All that said, Saints also lost budding talisman Valentino Livramento down the stretch and that didn’t help hopes of a late resurgence. Better luck next year? Probably, but Hasenhuttl’s gotta deliver better.

Grade: C-

Tottenham Hotspur

You almost want to dock them a full ‘A’ mark because it’s clear that hiring Antonio Conte instead of Nuno Espirito Santo (not a bad manager in his own right) from August instead of waiting until midseason was the right move all along. Why it was so hard to accept that one of the world’s very biggest winners was worth the money and sacrifice of ego is beyond us, unless of course Spurs still feel burnt by Jose Mourinho. Any way, holding onto Harry Kane despite his outspoken desire to leave turned out to work out well by the time the English striker and co-pilot Heung-min Son were joined by Dejan Kulusevski in January. There’s a legitimate chance that Spurs will overtake Chelsea this offseason as “team most often mentioned as a dark horse rival to Liverpool and Man City.”

Grade: A-


Poor planning cost them as much as injuries. Maybe it’s revisionist history to lambaste the Hornets for their managerial merry-go-round costing them Premier League status, but as we sit here exhausted by another long Premier League season, we’re happy to be using our edit button on the ol’ textbooks.

Grade: F

West Ham United

David Moyes is back where he belongs, getting credit for overachieving squads but being willing to trade that credit for just one big trophy. A three-time LMA League Manager of the Year from his time at Everton, Moyes boasts only the Second Division crown from his time with Preston North End and the Community Shield from his ill-fated stint at Manchester United. All that said, Moyes built on last season and got his team into Europe a second time. The Irons also fought to the brink of the Europa League Final, and neutrals would’ve joined the West Ham faithful in hoping he claimed a trophy. Now can they hold onto team MVP Declan Rice in the manner or will the team be without its best player and its mainstay, retiring Mark Noble, come August?

Grade: B+

Wolverhampton Wanderers

How would Wolves replace Nuno Espirito Santo, a man who had given so much to the club’s surge back into the Premier League’s regular crowd? With Bruno Lage, who was a cool and steady hand. But Wolves never got Raul Jimenez back in form and failed to take advantage of a first 2/3 of the season that propelled them into the European discussion, wilting down the stretch and losing a full letter from its grade. There’s some good young talent in the pipeline, but hanging onto Ruben Neves — a long shot — is task 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2.

Grade: B-

England vs Ukraine: How to watch live, team news, updates


England host Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier at Wembley with an extremely emotional atmosphere expected in London.

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As the war rages on across Ukraine following the Russia invasion just over a year ago, the United Kingdom have been one of Ukraine’s key partners in the fight against Russian forces.

The English Football Association have given away close to 1,000 free tickets to Ukrainians (and their sponsor families from the UK) who were forced to flee their country and resettle with families in the UK. Over 4,200 Ukraine fans will be in the away end at Wembley amid a sea of blue and yellow and you can expect plenty of mutual respect and support from fans of both countries towards each other. This match is Ukraine’s first of 2023, as they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after losing to Wales in a playoff last summer.

[ MORE: Full EURO 2024 qualifying schedule, standings ]

England beat Italy 2-1 in Naples on Thursday as Harry Kane became their all-time leading goalscorer with his 54th goal for the Three Lions and they held on after going 2-0 up as Luke Shaw’s red card with 10 minutes to go complicated matters. Gareth Southgate’s young side are developing but will they be able to finally win a major tournament?

They have to qualify for the Euros in Germany next summer first, but a first win away in Italy since 1961 was a great start to this qualifying campaign.

Here’s everything you need for England vs Ukraine.

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

Kick off: 12pm ET, Sunday (March 26)
Updates: Via
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London

Key storylines, in-form players

The last time this nations met England ran out 4-0 winners in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020. They will be the heavy favorites in this game but Ukraine should not be underestimate as the No. 26 ranked team in the world have the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mykhailo Mudryk and Vitalii Mykolenko all playing in the Premier League.

England’s forwards ran riot in the first half against Italy with Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka sensational, plus Jude Bellingham’s driving runs from midfield give this Three Lions side an extra dimension. There is more creativity and cutting edge about this England side compared to recent years and it feels like they are ready to win something. There will be a ceremony before this game to honor Harry Kane becoming England’s all-time goalscorer as he passed Wayne Rooney with his goal in Italy on Thursday.

England team news, lineup options

Luke Shaw will be suspended for this game after his red card in Italy, so Kieran Trippier or Ben Chilwell will come in at left back. It is likely Jordan Henderson will come in for Kalvin Phillips in midfield, while Phil Foden could start over Jack Grealish out wide. Reece James and Conor Gallagher could also come into the team as Bellingham limped off towards the end of England’s win against Italy.

Ukraine team news, lineup options

Andriy Yarmolenko (three goals away from equalling Andriy Shevchenko as Ukraine’s all-time leading scorer) has been struggling with a hamstring injury so he may start on the bench, while Bournemouth’s Ilya Zabarnyi and Shakhtar’s Oleksandr Zubkov are both out. Yevhen Konoplyanka and Roman Yaremchuk offer real quality in attack, while Zinchenko is the heartbeat of this Ukraine side.

EURO 2024 qualification live! EURO qualifiers schedule, updates, standings


EURO 2024 qualifying is here, and you’re in the right spot for groups, fixtures, and results.

Italy outlasted England in penalty kicks to win EURO 2020 and is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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England is still seeking its first European Championship and will be favored to emerge from Group C with aforementioned Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta.

Netherlands and France are also in a spicy group that has dark horse Republic of Ireland and former champions Greece, as well as Gibraltar.

[ MORE: Live scores, updates, standings from EURO 2024 qualifying ]

A number of nations have guaranteed themselves no worse than a playoff spot due to their performances in the UEFA Nations League: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Georgia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia, Kazakhstan.

EURO 2024 qualifying schedule

Thursday, March 23

Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia
Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
Italy 1-2 England – Video, player ratings as Kane breaks Rooney record
Denmark 3-1 Finland
Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein
San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland

Friday, March 24

Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Gibraltar 0-3 Greece
Moldova 1-1 Faroe Islands
Serbia 2-0 Lithuania
Austria 4-1 Azerbaijan
Sweden 0-3 Belgium
Czech Republic 3-1 Poland
France 4-0 Netherlands

Saturday, March 25

Scotland 3-0 Cyprus
Israel 1-1 Kosovo
Armenia 1-2 Turkey
Belarus 0-5 Switzerland
Spain 3-0 Norway
Croatia 1-0 Wales
Andorra 0-2 Romania

Sunday, March 26

Kazakhstan vs Denmark — 9am ET
England vs Ukraine — Noon ET
Liechtenstein vs Iceland — Noon ET
Slovenia vs San Marino — Noon ET
Slovakia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2:45pm ET
Northern Ireland vs Finland — 2:45pm ET
Luxembourg vs Portugal — 2:45pm ET
Malta vs Italy — 2:45pm ET

Monday, March 27

Montenegro vs Serbia — 2:45pm ET
Netherlands vs Gibraltar — 2:45pm ET
Poland vs Albania — 2:45pm ET
Austria vs Estonia — 2:45pm ET
Sweden vs Azerbaijan — 2:45pm ET
Moldova vs Czech Republic — 2:45pm ET
Hungary vs Bulgaria — 2:45pm ET
Republic of Ireland vs France — 2:45pm ET

Tuesday, March 28

Georgia vs Norway — Noon ET
Wales vs Latvia — 2:45pm ET
Romania vs Belarus — 2:45pm ET
Switzerland vs Israel — 2:45pm ET
Kosovo vs Andorra — 2:45pm ET
Turkey vs Croatia — 2:45pm ET
Scotland vs Spain — 2:45pm ET

EURO 2024 qualifying standings

Group A


Group B

Republic of Ireland

Group C

North Macedonia

Group D


Group E

Czech Republic
Faroe Islands

Group F


Group G


Group H

Northern Ireland
San Marino

Group I


Group J

Bosnia and Herzegovina

USMNT kicks off 2026 World Cup cycle with 7-1 win in Grenada


The USMNT scored early and often, as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League action in St. George’s on Friday.

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The victory puts the USMNT (7 points) atop Group D with one game left to play, against El Salvador (5 points – 2nd place) on Monday.

The Yanks got on the board in the 4th minute, and it was a sensational cross from Christian Pulisic which found Ricardo Pepi atop the six-yard box. Pepi used the considerable pace on Pulisic’s cross to head the ball down and out of goalkeeper Jason Belfon’s reach.

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Brenden Aaronson made it 2-0 in the 21st minute, as the Leeds attacker received the ball atop the 18-yard box, turned into open space and cut inside before firing a right-footed finish hard and low to the near post.

Weston McKennie made it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark, as he smashed an off-balance, left-footed volley home after his initial header on Pulisic’s free kick was blocked. Two minutes after Myles Hippolyte fired a laser past Matt Turner (a minute after McKennie’s first goal), the recently acquired Leeds midfielder struck again to make it 4-1, applying the final touch after Auston Trusty headed the ball down after another free kick from Pulisic.

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The USMNT jumped on Grenada just as quickly when the second half began, with Pulisic putting his name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute. Luca de la Torre found Pulisic cutting in from the left wing, and the ball somehow found its way past Belfon for 5-1.

Four minutes later, De la Torre played a slightly trickier through ball to spring Pepi in behind the Grenadine defense, and Pepi made no mistake with his one-on-one chance against Belfon. Pepi, who is currently on loan to Groningen from Augsburg, waited for the goalkeeper to go down one way and coolly slotted the ball the other way.

Alejandro Zendejas, who recently elected to represent the USMNT internationally, became cap-tied to the USMNT when he came off the bench in the 64th minute. Eight minutes later, the 25-year-old winger got his first senior international goal.

Start of a new World Cup cycle = a clean slate

For all intents and purposes, the USMNT kicked off the 2026 World Cup cycle on Friday, with the first team reconvening for the first time since the 2022 tournament in Qatar. A new World Cup cycle means brand new opportunities for new players, and a fresh start for those who didn’t get the starts or appearances that they thought they should have.

The net will be cast far and wide as the rest of 2023 sees the USMNT (likely) head to the finals of the Nations League and then the Gold Cup, with a handful of players seemingly coming from out of nowhere to claim consistent call-ups ahead of Copa America 2024 (on U.S. soil once again). There will be even more opportunities than usual for fringe players to make a case, with the Yanks automatically qualifying for the 2026 tournament as hosts.

What’s next?

The USMNT will host El Salvador in a winner-take-all Group D finale on Monday (7:30 pm ET), at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The group winner will qualify for the finals (four teams) of the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League (June 15-18) as well as the 2023 Gold Cup (June 24-July 16); the group runners-up will also qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup.

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How to watch Grenada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Friday (March 24)
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George’s
TV in English: TNT
TV/streaming en Español: Universo/Peacock

[ LIVE: CONCACAF Nations League scores – Grenada vs USMNT ]

USMNT squad

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juarez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the general manager (Brian McBride) and sporting director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

[ MORE: USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams ]

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — Won 7-1 | Recap & highlights + Player ratings
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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