The USMNT has never been able to win an official game against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium, but this Thursday, they will have another chance to break the curse when they meet in the penultimate round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Golden generation at serious risk
The national team led by coach Gregg Berhalter has a group of the best players in its history in terms of the teams they play for, however, there are still three games ahead of three CONCACAF players who will have a direct ticket to the World Cup with the team. the fourth team that will represent the place in the intercontinental tournament against the champions of Oceania (possibly New Zealand), the fact is that the USA team is in real danger of being left out of the world-famous tournament.
It is worth remembering that, in one of the grayest episodes in U.S. football history, USMNT was left out of the 2018 Russia World Cup by finishing in fifth place under Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras.
Currently, the United States is just below Canada in the top flight, the “Maple Leafs” has 25 points, the “Stars and Stripes” are trailing by 21 points, the same as Mexico, below in goal difference, fourth place in Panama with. There are 17 and currently outside the World Cup will be Costa Rica with 16, El Salvador (9), Jamaica (7) and Honduras (3) excluded statistically.
What games are left for the United States?
The problem for the United States is that in its three remaining games, it has to visit Mexico, host Panama (March 27), and visit Costa Rica (March 30), with three teams under it, so the pressure is there, especially. Thursday at Azteca Stadium.
If Team USA missed the World Cup, it would be the first time in a row that they have not drawn nine in a row (from Switzerland in 1954 to Mexico 1986), having played seven games in one game. a line from Italy in 1990 to Brazil in 2014.
2026 World Cup Host
The United States, along with Mexico and Canada, will host the 2026 World Cup, so their participation in the tournament is guaranteed.