USMNT World Cup qualifying schedule, standings

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The path for the USMNT to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is underway with their full schedule for CONCACAF’s hexagonal octagonal round of qualifying below.

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After the USMNT beat Mexico 2-0, they sit top of the standings at the halfway point of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region.

Canada (16 points) tops the CONCACAF region after eight games, with the USMNT a point back in 2nd place, and Mexico and Panama two back in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Costa Rica and Jamaica look like the likeliest hopefuls for a 3rd and 4th.

The Octagonal is looking like it will be very tight right until the end of qualifying in March 2022 when the top three teams will advance automatically to the 2022 World Cup, and the fourth-place team will play in an inter-confederation playoff.

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The USMNT’s return clash with El Tri is coming up in a few months (matchday 12), on March 24, presumably at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. That is one to circle in the calendar.

For now, below is all of the information you need on how, where and when to watch the USMNT in 2022 World Cup qualifying.


How to watch USMNT in qualifiers

Watch games on: NBCโ€™s Telemundo Deportes and Universo + CBS, FoxSports.com, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2 and Paramount+


Schedule, scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2 — Draw 0-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1ย | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Honduras — Sept. 8 —ย Win 4-1ย | Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Columbus, Ohio
at Canada — Jan. 30
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — St. Paul, Minnesota

at Mexico — March 24
vs. Panama — March 27
at Costa Rica — March 30


CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

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Jamaica vs USMNT: Analysis, videos, reaction

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Jamaica vs USMNT: Halfway through the 2022 World Cup qualifying cycle in CONCACAF, the USMNT is sitting pretty with next winter’s tournament coming into clearer and clearer focus with every point won.

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Tuesday’s trip to Kingston, Jamaica (Watch live, 5 pm ET on NBCโ€™s Telemundo Deportes and Universo) โ€” the final competitive fixture on the calendar for 2021 โ€” offered an unfamiliar test for the USMNT: after thoroughly dominating rivals Mexico on Friday, could they go a step further and control (and win) a game in similar fashion away from home?

They didn’t, but a point was a solid return as the USMNT youngsters dug deep and luck was on their side in the second half.

Gregg Berhalter’s side have 15 points from eight games, as the official countdown and simultaneous tracking of results which could send the USMNT to the 2022 World Cup with plenty of time to spare has begun.

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Below is analysis, reaction, videos and more as the USMNT push on with their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.


How to watch, stream Jamaica vs USMNT

TV/stream: NBCโ€™s Telemundo Deportes and Universo, Paramount+
Time: 5 pm ET


Analysis, reaction, videos on Jamaica vs USMNT – By Joe Prince-Wright

FULL TIME: Jamaica 1-1 USMNT – The U.S. hold on for a point in Jamaica, but boy was that tough. The second half was rough for the USMNT, as Jamaica missed a glorious chance and had what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed. More reaction and analysis from the action in Kingston to come. Stay tuned!

DISALLOWED GOAL! Another huge let-off for USMNT. Damion Lowe climbs above Walker Zimmerman to head home a corner, but a foul is given. Lowe did have a hold of Zimmerman. Tight and tense late on in Kingston.

10 minutes to go. Jamaica with a couple of corners. Pushing hard for a late goal.

Michail Antonio almost gets free on the break, but his effort past Zack Steffen lacks the strength and direction after he surged forward onto a long ball.

20 minutes to go. Tight and tense. Pulisic has won a foul in a dangerous area but his free kick comes to nothing. Jamaica make plenty of subs and look a threat on the break, with Ravel Morrison causing problems.

First substitutes of the game for USMNT, as Christian Pulisic and Kellyn Acosta come on for Weah and Musah.

HUGE MISS!ย Oh no, Bobby Decordova Reid. How!? Jamaica should be 2-1 up. The Fulham striker somehow misses from 5 yards out with the goal gaping as he leans back and gets his finish all wrong. Huge chance wasted by the hosts.ย 

CLOSE! After a strong start to the half by Jamaica, Gianluca Busio whips a shot inches over. So close to the USMNT retaking the lead.

Second half is underway in Kingston! Big 45 minutes coming up for both teams here…

HALF TIME: Jamaica 1-1 USMNT in Kingston. Weah’s lovely finish put the USA up early but Michail Antonio’s sensational long-range goal equalized for the hosts. Gregg Berhalter’s side have played well and should have plenty of chances on the break in the second half.

Some hefty challenges continue to come in from Jamaica. Pepi, Aaronson and Busio all getting special ‘treatment’ from the hosts. This is getting very edgy now.

A dodgy pass out of the back from Zack Steffen puts the USMNT under pressure at one end, while Tim Weah gets clear and crosses at the other but Jamaica clear.

1-1 in Kingston, and the horns are blowing with more hope now from the home fans. That was a simply amazing strike from Antonio, but did the USMNT defense back off too much? Could Tyler Adams have got closer.

After the USMNT dominated play, Jamaica equalized with a stunner!

GOALLLL! Tim Weah puts the USMNT 1-0 up with a fine individual strike. Great one-two with Pepi and he runs into the box and dinks it off the far post and in. Superb from Weah, as he continues to go from strength to strength after finally finding his fitness.ย 

KICK OFF: Plenty of hefty challenges coming in early on from Jamaica to try and unsettle this young USMNT side.

The national anthems are complete. It is go time!

Atmosphere is building among the small crowd allowed into the stadium in Kingston, and remember, there are huge qualifying games across the CONCACAF region tonight. You can watch them all across Telemundo Deportes.

Canada host Mexico in freezing conditions, and amid plenty of snow, in Edmonton. Let’s see how El Tri cope with that…

Welcome to our live analysis of Jamaica vs USMNT, as a key World Cup qualifying clash takes place in “The Office” in Kingston!

Remember: the game is live on TV on NBC Universo, while you can click on this link to stream it live on Telemundo Deportes

Here’s a look at the USMNT lineup, as the two changes from the win against Mexico are enforced. With Miles Robinson and Weston McKennie missing due to suspension for a red card and yellow card accumulation respectively, Gregg Berhalter has put his faith in youth.

Chris Richards, on loan at Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich, comes in to start at center back in place of Robinson, while Venezia’s Gianluca Busio starts in place of McKennie. The latter is a big surprise but showcases Busio’s rapid rise after a superb Gold Cup this summer. Christian Pulisic is once again on the bench and ready to be unleashed.

As for Jamaica, well, their attack is stacked with Michail Antonio, Leon Bailey and Bobby Decordova-Reid all starting. Philadelphia Union star Andre Blake is Jamaica’s goalkeeper and captain.


Jamaica vs USMNT odds (full odds by PointsBet)

Jamaica (+525) | USMNT (-167) | Draw (+255)

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Jamaica vs USMNT roster news

Berhalter announced on Saturday that midfielder Weston McKennie and defender Miles Robinson have departed USMNT camp to return to Juventus and Atlanta United, respectively, after each player was suspended for the trip to Jamaica. Center back/defensive midfielder James Sands has been subsequently added to the roster.

Versatile New York City FC youngster James Sands has been called up as the lone replacement for McKennie and Robinson.

Berhalter confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Zack Steffen will start in goal once again, while Christian Pulisic may start but isn’t fit to play a full 90.

Premier League stars Michail Antonio (West Ham United) and Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) were each called into the squad for the current window, though Antonio played just 15 minutes (and scored a goal) against El Salvador on Friday.

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Jamaica vs USMNT prediction

To some degree, a let-down is inevitable for the USMNT. Even if it’s just coming out completely flat and wide-eyed for the first 15 or 20 minutes, the emotional and physical toll of playing (and beating) Mexico will linger. This is particularly common for young teams still coming into their own. A true test, and one they’ll pass to impress. Jamaica 0-1 USMNT.


Jamaica vs USMNT preview

The biggest takeaway from USMNT vs Mexico? The USMNT is good. That’s the end of the sentence โ€” no “if they do this” or “if this lucky thing goes right” hypotheticals about it, because they have displayed such growth and development in a matter of six months that expectations must be reconsidered and elevated.

That will be tough for some USMNT fans to accept, for the simple fact that Berhalter had a clearly stated plan from the day he was hired, and much of it has come to fruition โ€” to the delight of many, and frustratingly so for others. But this fact is undeniable: almost exactly one year from the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT is in the midst of perhaps its best-ever run of competitive performances, and it appears entirely sustainable with rooms for lots more growth โ€” exactly what you want to see when your first-choice lineup has an average age of 22.5.

As for Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz sit 6th in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table as they prepare for the second (and hopefully better) half of the campaign. Early results were very poor (just one point from their first four games), but things are beginning to turn around in recent weeks with a home draw against Canada and four points from trips to Honduras and El Salvador.

USMNT vs Jamaica: 3 things we learned in World Cup qualifying

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USA vs Jamaica: 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi bagged a second-half brace to lead the USMNT to a 2-0 victory in 2022 World Cup qualifying at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.

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Pepi made his USMNT debut last month and scored the game-winning goal against Honduras, just when Gregg Berhalter’s side was under pressure after drawing its first two games of World Cup qualifying.


USMNT vs Jamaica final score, stats, results

Final score: USA 2, Jamaica 0

Goal scorers: USA (Pepi 49′, 62′), Jamaica (None)

Shots: USA 17, Jamaica 5

Shots on target: USA 7, Jamaica 1

Possession: USA 61%, Jamaica 39%


3 things we learned, USMNT vs Jamaica

1. Adams, Aaronson set the table; guests a little late to arrive: For two-thirds of the field, the USMNT did whatever they wanted. Slow, short passing to build out of the back? No problem. Go a little quicker with vertical balls across more than one line? All good. Carry or one-two the ball through the middle third with little or no pressure? Right this way. But, ask them to do any of the above once inside the final third? A blank stare. Sure, Jamaica were sitting in deep and clogging any spaces in which the USMNT might have looked to combine, but the Yanks had absolutely no idea how to break them down for 45 minutes. In fairness, the USMNT should have been a man up for all 90 minutes and two men up for nearly 60, so they did their part to create dangerous situations which were simply not rewarded (wrongly so).

2. Patience pays off: If you’re at all familiar with Berhalter’s time as Columbus Crew head coach, you’ll understand just how pleasing the manner in which the USMNT scored its opening goal was for him (see below). Going 1-0 up with just 10 games standing between yourself and the World Cup, but have you ever watched your full back overlap all the way to the end line and clip a deftly crossed ball into the penalty area for a headed finish? It’s why the fit with Berhalter in charge โ€” clunky as it may have been at his worst points โ€” was so enticing: virtually every player in the current wave of European talent fits the free-flowing, wide, counter-attacking style that lifted Berhalter into the job in the first place. And the second goal? Same story.

3. Suddenly, sun shines down: With eight points from their first four games (half played at home, half away), the USMNT is suddenly miles clear of the bottom half of the CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying standings. 20 points should see any and all sides through to next summer’s winter’s tournament in Qatar. At the risk of looking too far ahead and getting too excited, things are looking good.

Man of the match: Ricardo Pepi – The USMNT has โ€” gasp โ€” found its no. 9.


USMNT vs Jamaica recap, highlights

Arriola dragged down after 18 seconds; no red card given

If you believe Kemar Lawrence committed a foul โ€” the referee blew his whistle, and that’s all that matters โ€” the only logical result would be that he’s shown a red card and sent off. It doesn’t matter that it happened in the 1st minute, and it’s not the referee’s job to not “change the game” by making the call. Doing so is his job.

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Aaronson wiped out from behind; no red card given

We shudder to think what level of violence would be required for referee Reon Radix to give a red card in this game.

Sergiรฑo Dest crosses, Ricardo Pepi heads home; USMNT leads 1-0 (goal video)

The ideal Gregg Berhalter goal (see above).

Brenden Aaronson crosses, Ricardo Pepi heads home for 2-0 (goal video)

The other ideal Gregg Berhalter goal (also, see above).

UEFA has ‘grave concerns’ over FIFA plan to hold World Cup every two years

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has “grave concerns” about FIFA’s plans to stage World Cups every two years and is astonished by the lack of consultation by Gianni Infantino’s governing body, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

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Responding to a letter from Football Supporters Europe executive director Ronan Evain, Ceferin backed the group’s “extremely valid and important” concerns about the potential damage caused to domestic and regional competitions from doubling the frequency of World Cups.

The push by Infantino to transform the international calendar so every year would feature a men’s or women’s World Cup is opening up a new rift with UEFA at a time when the financial impact of the pandemic is being felt across global football.

“UEFA and its national associations also have serious reservations and grave concerns surrounding reports of FIFA’s plans,” Ceferin wrote to Evain in the letter seen by the AP.

The plans first surfaced in May when Saudi Arabia’s national federation nominally proposed at the congress in May for FIFA to explore biennial men’s and women’s World Cups – despite not having a women’s team to compete in international events. The Saudis have emerged as one of the closest allies of Infantino, who has made at least two visits this year to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

While FIFA says it is in a consultation phase still, Infantino has been deploying Arsene Wenger to push the case. The former Arsenal manager is now chief of global football development at FIFA, advancing views at odds with those from his previous career.

While Arsenal manager, Wenger complained about the African Cup of Nations being held every two years – especially as it disrupted the European season.

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“For years now, we have asked them to organize this cup at least every four years and during the summer,” Wenger said in 2005. “But it’s still every two years and during the winter. I don’t know why.”

In 2012, Wenger reiterated: “I would rather plan without an African Nations Cup every two years.”

The AP sought renewed comment from FIFA over the last two weeks to discuss plans for World Cups every two years, but an official was not made available for comment.

FIFA did provide a statement late Friday.

“There are no predetermined objectives, and FIFA has an open mind in search of better solutions for the common good of the game,” the governing body said.

The objectives for biennial World Cups were set out by Wenger in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe on Friday, although FIFA said his work was still a “consultation process.”

While Wenger has been making the case in the media, Ceferin claims not to have had the same presentations from FIFA.

“Considering the major impact this reform may have on the whole organisation of football,” Ceferin wrote, “there is widespread astonishment that FIFA appears to be launching a PR campaign to push its proposal whilst any such proposals haven’t been presented to confederations, national associations, leagues, clubs, players, coaches, clubs and all the football community.

“As one concrete example amongst so many, it is imperative to highlight the concerns shared across the footballing world regarding the impact a biennial FIFA World Cup would have on the international match calendar and, prominently in this context, on women’s football.”

Major women’s tournaments, such as the World Cup and continental events like the European Championship, are currently held in odd-numbered years. The men’s World Cup and Euros are held in even-numbered years. FIFA’s new vision for football would mean every year would feature a men’s tournament, which would deny the clear summer focus to promote the growth of the women’s game. A World Cup would also clash with the Olympics, unlike now.

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“If realized, the new schedule will have an adverse impact on the balance between local, domestic, continental, and international competitions,” Evain wrote earlier to Ceferin in another letter seen by the AP. “This will likely undermine tournaments such as the Asian Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, Copa America, European Football Championship, Gold Cup, and Nations Cup, which hold just as much importance to matchgoing fans as the World Cup itself.”

Evain said he was working with fan groups from the other five soccer confederations to contest the FIFA proposals.

“Most fans look forward to the World Cup precisely because it is a unique event that only occurs every four years,” Evain wrote. “As we pointed out with regards to the restructuring of UEFA club competitions, they do not have an unlimited amount of time, money, or enthusiasm to expend on flights, accommodation, and tickets – or TV subscriptions.

“There is no doubt that football is in desperate need of reform-across the UEFA region and beyond. As things stand, the game is unequal, expensive to watch, and for the millions who do not have access to adequate grassroots facilities, difficult to play. But doubling the number of World Cups will not solve any of these problems. In fact, it will inevitably make them worse.”

Ceferin assured Evain that UEFA would “closely scrutinize and hold to full account” FIFA.

“Your letter and the concerns it raises on behalf of supporters across Europe regarding FIFA’s potential plans to hold the FIFA World Cup every two years, are extremely valid and important,” Ceferin wrote.

“Allow me to assure you that UEFA stands with you and the fans on this important issue,” Ceferin added. “We must work together to defend the interests of the game and reinforce the position of fans as key stakeholders.”

VIDEO: USMNT’s Aaronson scores late Salzburg winner in UCL qualifier

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Brenden Aaronson played the part of hero on Tuesday, as the 20-year-old USMNT midfielder scored the game-winning goal for Red Bull Salzburg in their UEFA Champions League playoff round qualifier.

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Aaronson’s name is one (of many) that USMNT fans are likely to become quite familiar with over the next 15 months leading up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He’s only been at Salzburg since January, but Aaronson has quickly established himself as a full-time regular for the Austrian giants and he moves closer to his next step up the European ladder with each standout performance and shining moment.

Salzburg fell behind to Danish side Brondby after four minutes on Tuesday, but Karim Adeyemi, another of the club’s sterling prospects, made it 1-1 just before the hour mark. Aaronson entered the game as a halftime substitute before going on to score the winner in the 90th minute.

Now, 90 minutes is all that stands between Aaronson and his first taste of UEFA Champions League competition. After arriving from the Philadelphia Union last winter, Aaronson played 121 of 180 minutes in Salzburg’s round-of-32 defeat to eventual winners Villarreal.

UEFA Champions League results

Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 Brondby
Monaco 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Sheriff 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb

UEFA Champions League schedule (Wednesday)

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Malmo FF v Ludogorets Razgrad
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