Mar 28, 2022 - Sports

U.S. men's soccer closes in on World Cup spot

USMNT holds up a banner that reads, "Qualified."

Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The USMNT beat Panama, 5-1, on Sunday in Orlando behind a hat trick from Christian Pulisic, all but guaranteeing a spot in the 2022 World Cup.

State of play: The U.S. would need to suffer a six-goal defeat at Costa Rica on Wednesday to be denied automatic qualification and sent to a playoff with the winners of Oceania.

  • The team mistakenly unfurled a banner after the match that said "QUALIFIED" in bold letters.
  • The World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Nov. 21, 2022, which will mark 3,065 days since the USMNT's last World Cup game (2-1 loss to Belgium on July 1, 2014).

Elsewhere: Canada beat Jamaica, 4-0, to qualify for its first World Cup since 1986 β€” just months after the women's team won Olympic gold. Mexico beat Honduras, 1-0, to effectively clinch its eighth straight berth.

CONCACAF standings: The top three teams automatically qualify, and the fourth is sent to a playoff. The first tiebreaker is goal differential (GD).

  1. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada: 28 pts (+17 GD)
  2. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USA: 25 pts (+13)
  3. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Mexico: 25 pts (+7)
  4. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡· Costa Rica: 22 pts (+3)
  5. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡¦ Panama: 18 pts (-3)
  6. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡» El Salvador: 10 pts (-8)
  7. πŸ‡―πŸ‡² Jamaica: 8 pts (-11)
  8. πŸ‡­πŸ‡³ Honduras: 4 pts (-18)
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