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

Elwanda Tulloch

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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