USMNT’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying schedule revealed by CONCACAF: What to know and matchups to watch

Elwanda Tulloch

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The United States men’s national team learned what its World Cup qualifying schedule and path to Qatar will look like after CONCACAF held the draw for the qualifiers on Wednesday. The format had to be changed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving a shortened window to get qualifying completed. 

The U.S. joins the final stage of qualifying in June of 2021, joining Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras, and in total there will be eight teams instead of the usual hexagonal. The U.S. will face Mexico in October of 2021 and January of 2022. 

Some of their opponents have yet to be determined and will come after other matches are playing ahead of the final stage. Here’s how things look, with specific days to be confirmed.

The U.S. will have 12 total matches. Here’s the schedule:

June 2021: at A/F winner; vs. B/E winner
June

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USA learns path it must take for return to FIFA World Cup

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The United States learned Wednesday the path it must take in continental qualifying to return to the FIFA World Cup after missing out on a 2018 trip to Russia.

A 14-match round-robin qualifying slate for the Qatar 2022 World Cup was unveiled by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) including five automatic finalists and three play-in nations.

The first qualifying window for the final “Octagonal” series in June 2021 will see the Americans visiting an opponent to be determined while their final match will be in March 2022 at Costa Rica.

The top three finishers in the eight-team final CONCACAF group will qualify for Qatar 2022. The fourth-place team will play a home-and-away series with a team from another region to decide another berth.

“We have been developing this group for more than a year to get ready for World Cup qualifying and now we

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He’s the only man to play in three FIFA World Cup™ Finals, he lifted the hallowed Trophy in Yokohama, he’s Brazil’s most-capped player, and on his 50th birthday, Cafu sat down for a chat with FIFA.com.

“He was so unpredictable, he could do things you couldn’t even imagine. He was almost unmarkable,” said ‘The Express Train’ of the toughest opponent he ever had to mark.

In this interview, Cafu discusses what would have happened had he remained a midfielder, lifting the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy, the brilliance of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, the Ro-Ro attack, the prospects of Neymar and Brazil, how good the often-compared-to-him Trent Alexander-Arnold can become, and his coaching aspirations.

He’s the only man to play in three FIFA World Cup™ Finals, he lifted the hallowed Trophy in Yokohama, he’s Brazil’s most-capped player, and on his 50th birthday, Cafu sat down for a chat with FIFA.com.

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