December 8, 2021

FIFA World Cup 2022: USMNT’s Emotional Roller Coaster to WC2022 Still Rolling

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In recent years, the US men’s national team coach has always favored their chances at the FIFA World Cup. They’ve risen through the ranks with inspired play and with their recent games—a tie with Jamaica and a shellacking of Mexico—they’ve asserted themselves as the real deal.

Reaching the Qatar WC in 2022 becomes more of a reality as they win more, but the Jamaica game showed how far they have to go in terms of fine-tuning their game. Even with less talent, America had to squeak past the Reggae Boys to manage even just a point.

Still Getting There

Football across the world is no joke, according to the US coach Gregg Berhalter. It’s a ‘roller coaster’, based on his own words, and this includes the qualification rounds against Mexico and Jamaica. Mexico lost 2-0 against the US in Cincinnati.

According to Berhalter’s honest examination, they’re middling among the CONCACAF’s Octagonal round. The competition promises instant qualification to the group stages for the top three finishers. Aside from that, they also get seeded to an intercontinental playoff against regional rivals.

Struggling but Still Satisfied

There is a lot to be grateful for if you’re Team USA football. Those logging into 12BET Sports to predict scores might remember how Canada drew level with the team while Weston McKennie served suspension. Berhalter had to use 30 different players to get his desired mix.

As if that’s not enough, this young team had to play without their best players Gio Reyna and Sergino Dest, also missing in the Mexico game. Christian Pulisic was a substitution in the second half of the game. For a record of 4-1-3 without these players, the coach and the team has to be satisfied, if not impressed.

The Current Situation

The country is currently in second place with six qualifiers remaining. More wins means qualification into the group rounds of the Qatar World Cup. Berhalter even had to admit during an interview in Kingston after the Jamaica game that he’s confident they’ll be in the group stages in time.

Those playing on the 12BET online sports predictions platform may want to take note of the US’ remaining schedules. It’s a rough trip: they play Canada on Jan. 30, while Costa Rica and Mexico are pencilled in for March 30 and March 24, respectively. They don’t have home advantage for these matches and they’ve never won under such circumstances. Berhalter likes their chances, though. 

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