The CONCACAF qualifiers began on Thursday, September 2, and the U.S. National Team's road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup began with a draw against El Salvador at the Cuscatlán Stadium in San Salvador. The next match will be against Canada, here is everything about this match.
The United States men's national team's Concacaf World Cup qualifying campaign started uneventfully on Thursday as the red, white and blue had to settle for a 0-0 draw at El Salvador. Playing at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, the Americans had their chances and were the better team on the night going forward, but a lack of precision when it mattered most saw them blow a chance of taking three points and kick-start their road to the World Cup.
Without Christian Pulisic, the U.S. struggled to find a reference point in attack that could be that threat and creator. Coach Gregg Berhalter went with an ultra-attacking lineup, deploying Josh Sargent, Gio Reyna, Brenden Aaronson and Konrad de la Fuente, but the returns were minimal on 13 shots, despite some solid chances.
Miles Robinson, who started alongside Tim Ream, had the clearest chance in the first half following a Reyna set piece, but his wide-open header sailed over the top of the goal. The hosts threatened very little, and Matt Turner was sharp in goal when called upon, helping to record another clean sheet after his stellar Gold Cup performances. Turner had little to do on the night.
Canada is coming off a draw with Honduras
Alex Lopez converted a penalty kick in the first half and Cyle Larin did the same in the second half as Honduras and Canada played to a 1-1 draw on Thursday in the start of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Tajon Buchanan tackled Andy Nájar in the box to earn the referee a penalty kick in the 40th minute of the match at BMO Field. Lopez converted for the visitors but was injured in celebration and had to leave the game. He was replaced by Romell Quioto.
In the 64th minute, Maynor Figueroa brought down Junior Hoilet in the area, which led to the penalty kick that Larin converted into a goal. With this result, both Canada and Honduras will have to wait for the rest of the qualifying matches to know their positions in the octagonal table.
Despite squandering the lead, the Honduran national team earned a point on the road in the beginning of its quest to return to a World Cup, after missing Russia 2018 and after participating in South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. Canada last played in a World Cup in Mexico 1986.
Originally, this World Cup qualifier would have been played as a hexagonal, a system established prior to the France 1998 World Cup, but due to the change of dates because of the pandemic, CONCACAF adopted an octagonal. As a result, 54 matches will now be played in fourteen rounds.
Maxime Crepeau - Steven Victória, Kamal Miller, Alistair Johnston, Alphonso Davies - Liamn Frasier, Atiba Hutchinson, Stephen Eustáquio, Mark-Anthony Kaye - Cyle Larin and Jonathan David. DT: John Herdman.
The consolidation of John Herdman's project seems to have taken place in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, but he does not see that consolidation as the highest point, but as the demonstration of having the right group of players who have all the tools to compete with the best in the region and also the great possibility of qualifying for the next World Cup in Qatar 2022. But in the first instance, the names must make an impact and they have also achieved that.