It is true that Gregg Berhalter's United States Team finished third in the Final Octagonal, but the level shown only against the teams that finished in the first four places gives us a list in which the USMNT would have finished second, behind Canada, but ahead of Costa Rica and with Mexico in the last two places.
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In this exercise that has taken some relevance due to the striking level that Canada showed with a significant superiority over the qualified teams, it can be seen that the difference between Canadians and Americans is given by the victory of The Maple Leafs by 2-0 on January 30 from the Tim Hortons Field.
In addition, the second place for the United States in this hypothetical table is very positive since it would be thanks to the home wins against Mexico and Costa Rica, the draw at home against Canada, and the draw at the Azteca Stadium on March 24. This indicates that the only opponent against which they have not lost was Mexico.
Hérculez Gómez defended USMNT
Former USMNT international striker, Hérculez Gómez, posted an image from ESPN's 'Ahora o Nunca' (Now or Never) in which is precisely the situation. The publication came after some criticism of the Stars and Stripes team for finishing behind the Aztecs in the overall standings.
Within this Round Robin format, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino's Mexican national team only won against Costa Rica as visitors, while at home they were held to a draw by none of the three teams. Likewise, in their visits to the United States and Canada, they lost both matches.
Finally, the important thing for the United States is that they are back in a World Cup, after missing Russia 2018 due to a failure in the 2017 CONCACAF Hexagonal. Berhalter's team has a base of players who play in Europe and a firm project with which they want to excel in the World Cup.