USMNT could open qualifying in Trinidad and Tobago, site of its greatest failure

Elwanda Tulloch

The United States men’s national team could kick off CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup in the same country where its 28-year streak of appearances in the competition came crashing to a halt ahead of Russia 2018: Trinidad and Tobago.

CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, held its draw for the first and final rounds of World Cup qualifying Wednesday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. The USMNT learned that it would face the winner of a playoff between the Group A and Group F winners — which will most likely be El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago — when the final eight-nation round of qualifying, dubbed the “Octagonal”, kicks off in June 2021.

The Americans famously lost to already-eliminated T&T in October 2017, needing only a tie to make the cut for 2018, which would’ve marked their eighth consecutive World Cup berth.

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