Surprisingly, Canada leads the World Cup qualifiers in North and Central America three days before the final. Mexico and the United States initially see themselves as a direct fighter.
U.S. national coach Greg Berholter faces tough tasks.
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Both Mexico and the United States are four points (25 points) behind leading Canada, with 21 points so far. At the moment, all three teams have tickets to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, currently heading to the intercontinental play-offs against the fourth-placed Panama Oceania representative.
The United States has never won a World Cup qualifier in Mexico or Costa Rica
But with three more game days to go, the table is still cluttered. This also applies to the United States, which has a difficult remaining plan. Because on Friday night we go to arch-rivals Mexico, where there is a live fight (3am, CET) at the largest Aztec Stadium. After the home game against Panama on Monday night (1am, CEST) – really should win – they will play next Thursday (3.05am, CEST) in San Jose, near Costa Rica. The United States needs to collect five more points to fly directly to Qatar. Problem: The United States has never won a World Cup qualifier in Mexico and Costa Rica. So the current national team needs to write American history to ensure direct eligibility.
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George Bellow can help too. Sergino Dest, a 20-year-old FC Barcelona player from Arminia Bielefeld, was called up by US coach Gregg Berhalter following a hamstring injury. Bello, who switched from Atlanta United to DSC in the winter, can already look back on six appearances for the United States.
However, there is still a question mark over Brendan Aaronson. RB Salzburg striker was dropped from the line-up just minutes before the start of Sunday’s Austrian Champions League match at Wolfsberger AC on Sunday due to a knee problem. It remains to be seen whether the 21-year-old will be able to play in the US World Cup qualifiers. His absence will be a handicap, as the attacking midfielder is the only player to have played in all of World Cup qualifying rounds in the United States this season, having been included in the starting XI seven times by Berholder.
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