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Crucial Ties Left as USMNT aim for Qatar 2022

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Having endured a mixed qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team are back on track. Their 2-1 win over Costa Rica in the last round of games leaves Gregg Berhalter’s team in second place in the CONCACAF Group Table and, with three automatic qualification places up for grabs, the route to Qatar is in their own hands.

There are tough fixtures ahead, however, and the next tie on the USMNT schedule could well decide their ultimate fate.

Mexico Awaits

Next up for Coach Berhalter’s men is a home tie with Mexico in matchday seven. Set for November 12, the game will take place in the TQL Stadium in Cincinnati and a win for the US will put them level on points with their opponents at the top of the table.

A positive result will leave the USMNT in pole position to qualify for next year’s World Cup but delays to the soccer calendar mean that there is a long way still to go. Once game seven is complete, the teams will have reached the halfway point of the qualifying stage and there are tricky fixtures ahead.

What are USMNT’s Chances?

For an independent view of the United States’ chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, the sportsbooks can give us a strong neutral viewpoint. According to the best sports betting sites and those affiliated with Asiabet.org, Mexico are clear favorites to progress to the tournament in Qatar.

There is encouragement for USMNT followers as their team is in second place in the qualification market. Among the chasing pack are Canada, who currently occupy that third automatic qualifying slot, followed by Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica.

With around half of those matches being played so far, those odds are very much subject to change. As the CONCACAF section progresses through November 2021 and beyond, Asiabet will continue to monitor the market and provide updated prices from their panel of sportsbooks as they come in.

With news and opinion articles published on the site, readers can quickly get up to speed with soccer World Cup qualification and, if they do want to place a bet, that panel of recommended bookmakers are all open to new registrations.

In most cases, generous sign up offers are available along with a choice of funding options to get the account moving. Additional markets such as match result and a selection of props will also be published.

It’s a useful site for the World Cup moving forward but what do the United States need to do to book their place in Qatar?

Narrow Cushion

Second place may sound comfortable enough but the USMNT are just three points ahead of Panama who are two slots below them. The fourth placed team in the CONCACAF Group can still make it through to Qatar but they will have to face the Inter-Federation Playoffs series before they can progress.

The three nations at the top will, therefore, need to maintain their positions and hold on to the automatic places. That’s why a positive result against the Mexicans in November is so important and defeat could see the United States swap places with Panama in fourth.

Following the match with Mexico, Berhalter’s team have just four days to prepare for an away trip to take on Jamaica. The Jamaicans are down in sixth place with just one win from six games but they could always be a tough prospect on home soil.

The teams will then take a break before the next round of matches at the end of January 2022. USMNT will be at home to El Salvador while their remaining home games are against Honduras and Panama. Tough away fixtures are lined up against Canada, Costa Rica and section leaders Mexico.

Key Men

Ricardo Pepi is the joint leading scorer in the CONCACAF section of World Cup qualifying even though the FC Dallas striker has managed just three goals to date. The good news here is that Pepi has scored those three goals in just his first four USMNT appearances and the 18-year-old looks to be a strong prospect moving forward.

Overall, second place is encouraging for the US but there is clearly a long way to go.

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