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CONCACAF confirms early World Cup 2022 qualifiers schedule

Miami (AFP) – Gold Cup champion United States will open final-round North American qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on September 2 at El Salvador under a match schedule released on Monday.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled matches for September and October in the “Octagonal” round-robin tournament to decide 2022 Qatar World Cup berths.

The Americans and Salvadorans are joined in the eight-team showdown by Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama and Honduras. The top three finishers advance to Qatar while the fourth-place squad has a playoff next June to decide another berth.

Each team will play 14 matches, seven home and seven away, over windows in September, October and November 2021 and January and March 2022.

The US squad, which defeated Mexico 1-0 at Las Vegas for the regional Gold Cup crown August 1, will open at San Salvador, then return home to face Canada at Nashville on September 5 and then travel to Honduras on September 8.

The following month, the Americans will play Jamaica at Austin, Texas, on October 7, at Panama on October 10 and against Costa Rica at Columbus, Ohio, on October 13.

US Soccer Federation leadership has been revamped in the wake of the US men missing the 2018 Russia World Cup.

September-October qualifying matches (home team listed first):

Sept. 2: Canada v. Honduras, El Salvador v. USA, Panama v. Costa Rica, Mexico v. Jamaica

Sept. 5: USA v Canada, El Salvador v. Honduras, Costa Rica v. Mexico, Jamaica v. Panama

Sept. 8: Canada v. El Salvador, Honduras v. USA, Panama v. Mexico, Costa Rica v. Jamaica

Oct. 7: Mexico v. Canada, Honduras v. Costa Rica, El Salvador v. Panama, USA v. Jamaica

Oct. 10: Jamaica v. Canada, Mexico v. Honduras, Costa Rica v. El Salvador, Panama v. USA

Oct. 13: Canada v. Panama, Honduras v. Jamaica, El Salvador v. Mexico, USA v. Costa Rica



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  1. Christopher Harris

    August 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm

  2. David the Yank

    August 10, 2021 at 8:33 am

    For a pure USA follower, will probably be
    4 on ESPN
    4 on FS1
    6 road matches on Paramount+

  3. David the Yank

    August 10, 2021 at 8:31 am

    For the English language rights in the USA, games will be televised on different channels based on who is the home team. For USA (and I’m pretty sure) Mexico home games, rights remain with Fox & ESPN. CBS recently bought the US rights to show the matches NOT being played in the US or Mexico. So, for example, the first qualifying match for the USA in El Salvador will be shown on Paramount+ (and maybe CBS SN). The home game against Canada will be on FS1 or ESPN, then back to Paramount+ for the trip to Honduras. Costa Rica v Mexico will also be on Paramount+ here.

    Hope that helps.

  4. Michelangelo

    August 9, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    We will see it will also be a great test for the 2026 World Cup happening in U.S, Mexico, and Canada. Can’t wait to see if these games are televised on cable tv channels.

  5. Don Dickerson

    August 9, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I wonder how many fans will be allowed in at each venue. It would be nice to see a packed house but I don’t think we will at least in the USA and Canada due to Covid restrictions.

  6. Michelangelo

    August 9, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Are these matches going to be streamed on Paramount Plus, TUDN, Univision, UniMas, Galavision, CBS, or CBS Sports Network. Let’s go U.S.A. Please someone let me know. Thank you so much.

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