Standings to this point
The highest three will make it to the World Cup. The fourth-place crew has to go to a playoff.
It’ll be lots simpler when these two nations and Canada co-host the 2026 World Cup, by which era the sector can have expanded to so many groups that we’ll be hoping to herald nations from as-yet-undiscovered planets to spherical out the numbers.
Anyway, via six video games out of 14:
6 Costa Rica
5 El Salvador
So the USA may fall to 3rd tonight with a loss/draw and a Canadian win over Costa Rica, however Panama appears unlikely to maneuver forward on account of a five-goal margin in purpose distinction. Really, upon checking the scores, it’s even much less probably — Panama trails Honduras 1-0 on the half, a rating that ought to make USA and Canada followers fairly completely happy. For now.
The non-graphical model of the lineups …
Zack Steffen (Manchester Metropolis) in purpose. Again line of Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville), Miles Robinson (Atlanta) and DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray). Captain Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) is in midfield with Weston McKennie (Juventus) and Yunus Musah (Valencia). The frontline has Brendan Aaronson (RB Salzburg) and Tim Weah (Lille) alongside the most recent, brightest gentle for the USA, Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), who has three objectives in his first 4 appearances.
Guillermo Ochoa (Membership America) in purpose. Again line of Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Johan Vasquez (Genoa), Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul) and Luis Rodriguez (UANL Tigres). Midfield: Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid) and Luis Romo (Cruz Azul). Up entrance, it’s Jesus Corona (Porto), Raul Jimenez (Wolves) and Hirving Lozano (Napoli).
Mexico has a large edge in expertise. Many of the crew has not less than 50 caps. The notable exception is Vasquez, who’s getting his third.
In the event you’re English, you’ll love the climate. It’s chilly (about 43 levels in American measurement and 6 levels Celsius) in Cincinnati. And it’s raining.
Good night to all of our readers within the Americas, and an excellent early morning to these watching out of curiosity in Europe.
This can be a large one. USA-Mexico video games are all the time scorching tickets it doesn’t matter what’s at stake, however this time round, all the things is at stake.
That’s very true for the USA, which beat Mexico twice this yr to win the Concacaf Nations League and the Gold Cup however remains to be shaken by their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A sputtering begin within the new Octagonal (eight-team last spherical), with a 0-0 draw in opposition to El Salvador and a 1-1 dwelling draw in opposition to Canada didn’t settle the nerves. A 4-1 win at Honduras calmed issues a bit, however the October window had a 1-0 loss at Panama.
Because it stands now, the USA are second within the group. However a loss tonight will trigger nationwide hand-wringing and social media outrage.
Beau shall be right here shortly. Within the meantime, right here is Cesar Hernandez’s preview of tonight’s match:
It started with a nook kick.
In the event you’re on the lookout for a place to begin for the US males’s nationwide crew’s failure to guide a spot on the 2018 World Cup, there could also be no higher second than a set-piece for Mexico on 11 November 2016.
After 4 consecutive 2-0 World Cup qualifying wins over Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, the US instantly discovered themselves with an unfamiliar 1-1 scoreline in opposition to their outdated rivals on the Mapfre Stadium.
Then, within the 89th minute, that nook from Miguel Layún discovered the pinnacle of veteran defender Rafael Márquez, who completely redirected the ball into the again of the web. The group of 24,000 in Columbus had been shocked as Mexico not solely took a 2-1 lead, but additionally secured their first World Cup qualifying away win in opposition to the Individuals since 1972.
The loss to Mexico foreshadowed a dismal run in opposition to Concacaf opponents and the US didn’t make the World Cup for the primary time since 1986.