The United States Men´s National Team will open up their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in September with a visit to El Salvador, while Mexico hosts Jamaica in their first match. El Salvador, Canada and Panama all booked their spots on Tuesday to join the USMNT, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, and Mexico in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for the World Cup.
The eight teams will play each other home and away, a total of 14 matches. The top three of the Octagonal will qualify directly to Qatar, with the fourth-placed team going to the intercontinental playoff in June 2022.
The round was expanded from the six-team Hexagonal format used in previous World Cup cycles to accommodate the suspension of several international windows in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After their visit to El Salvador, the USMNT will host Canada before traveling back to Central America to play Honduras.
Other marquee matches for the U.S. side will be hosting Costa Rica in October and then Mexico in November.