US books watch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The United States men’s national team qualified for the 2022 World Cup, earning a place in the tournament in Qatar after missing the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Despite losing 2-0 first Costa Rica on Tuesday, the USMNT managed to secure one of CONCACAF’s three automated berths, along with group winner Canada and rival Mexico.

The US entered Wednesday’s match at the Estadio Nacional just needing to avoid losing by six goals or more to win tickets to progress.

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The United States finished the qualifying round 14 matches with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws with 25 points. That total puts the US three points behind Canada and Mexico, and level with Costa Rica, with only a goal difference of +11 to ensure the Americans finish ahead of Tuesday’s hosts (+5).

While the team was inconsistent at times during the qualifiers, they remained in a solid position throughout the cycle.

“I think that’s exactly what we expected, but sometimes you wish it were different,” USA coach Gregg Berhalter said Tuesday ahead of the game against Costa Rica. “We wish we would win every game, but that’s not realistic. And I think what it turned out to be was exactly what we expected.

“We were hoping [qualifying] is a challenge and a lot of ups and downs are expected. A lot of challenges and difficulties and we know we have a really young group going through this for the first time. We know how difficult CONCACAF is to qualify. “

Although only 4 players on the current roster were with the team when it missed the 2018 World Cup, the team worked hard to correct that defeat. None more so than Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s star striker.

“I think Christian has always felt that responsibility,” quarterback Tyler Adams said Tuesday.

“Grow up like a golden child in [this] American football generation, people put expectations on him. Honestly, he deals with them better than anyone would really deal with that. In any situation, he is expected to do what people like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo has to do.

“He was supposed to take us to the World Cup.”

And while that pressure sometimes comes on Pulisic during qualifying, his hat trick against Panama on Sunday came in the most consequential game America has played in years. Pulisic ended the cycle with the best 5 goals of the team. 23 years old, Pulisic’s 12 goals in the past two qualifiers ranked fourth all-time in US history.

Right-back DeAndre Yedlin said qualifying is not the only goal pursued by the US.

“I think at this point, I wouldn’t say that’s the end goal, I think the obvious end goal is to get a place in the World Cup,” he said. “But there are steps you have to take to get there and one of the important steps is to qualify for the World Cup.”

The US will be placed in Pool 2 for the eight-team four-team draw, which will be held on Friday at 12pm ET in Doha, Qatar.

Only three teams in the 32-party region have yet to be identified. In a pair of one-match playoffs in Qatar in June, Costa Rica will play New Zealand while Peru will play Australia or the United Arab Emirates.

The final place will go to the winner of the Wales vs. Scotland / Ukraine. The Scotland-Ukraine playoff originally scheduled for March 24 was postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and was not rescheduled.

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Luke Plunkett

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