The U.S. Men’s National Team has all but punched their ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but they have one more game to get through against Costa Rica on Wednesday, March 30 (3/30/2022).
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USMNT vs. Costa Rica date: Wednesday, March 30
USMNT vs. Costa Rica time: 9:05 p.m. ET
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The USMNT heads into the match with a confident hold on a 2022 World Cup berth after a 5-1 clobbering of Panama on Sunday. The U.S. men are in 2nd place with 25 points (tied with Mexico), while Costa Rica is 4th with 22. Costa Rica could tie the score by beating Team USA, but even then, they would have to win by at least 10 points — the current goal differential between the two teams — to supplant the USA. After failing to qualify for the tournament four years ago, the United States men’s national team is in a strong position to qualify for the 2022 World Cup heading into its final qualifying match against Costa Rica. The USMNT is second in the CONCACAF table, with the top three teams earning automatic spots in the World Cup 2022 and will secure a top-three spot with any result better than a six-goal loss on Wednesday. Costa Rica is fourth and is guaranteed a chance to get into Qatar 2022 in the international play-off, but would need a sizable win and likely help to steal a top-three spot from the USA or Mexico.
There will be fatigue-enforced rotation to the squad when Gregg Berhalter pieces together the starting lineup, while remaining mindful of the fact that the World Cup place is not yet officially clinched. Winger Christian Pulisic (155 minutes) and midfielder Tyler Adams (151 minutes), both of whom have already started two games in 72 hours this week, could be among those players rested before returning to their club sides for the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
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On the flip side, four players are expected to return to the lineup after being dropped for a suspension or rest. Right back DeAndre Yedlin and winger Tim Weah fell victim to CONCACAF’s outdated yellow-card accumulation rules, while midfielder Kellyn Acosta and Ricardo Pepi were coach’s decisions. Gio Reyna also appears to be nearing 90-minute fitness after making back-to-back substitute appearances, making him a likely candidate to start and play 60-70 minutes in Costa Rica.
With three games to be played in seven days on three different occasions during this World Cup qualifying cycle, Berhalter has proactively rotated the team throughout the fall and winter, and now into spring. Considering that, it’s little wonder that third- or fourth-choice players like Shaq Moore and Luca de la Torre can confidently step into the first team for the USA’s most important game since the debacle in Couva, without the team skipping a single beat.