America has put itself in a fantastic place by means of eight matches of 2022 World Cup qualification.
The job, nevertheless, is much from accomplished, as they get set for the match in opposition to El Salvador tonight in Columbus, Ohio. As the primary of three matches in six days, the US can start tying a bow on a spot on this winter’s large dance in Qatar.
Gio Reyna is injured, however in any other case the USMNT roster is loaded, with all the celebrities obtainable for motion. Head coach Gregg Berhalter and his staff are salivating on the probability to complete what they began this World Cup cycle.
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“The group has had expertise in World Cup qualifying, the group is healthier now, and the group is assured,” Berhalter mentioned concerning the squad heading into the El Salvador match. “All these issues are in our favor, however on the finish of the day it is about acting on the sector. We will do all of the speaking on the sector, however it will likely be about exhibiting it on the sector.”
El Salvador, in the meantime, is in dire straits. The nation sits seventh among the many eight remaining CONCACAF groups, eight factors adrift of the intercontinental playoff spot. The room for error has been exhausted, and any extra slips would just about extinguish the glimmer of hope nonetheless remaining.
“We all know it is an opponent that is going to be aggressive, they will be urgent actually excessive, and now we have to maneuver the ball shortly,” Berhalter mentioned throughout his pre-match information convention. “They had been the most effective urgent staff within the first eight video games when it comes to quantity of presses, so it is an aggressive staff and now we have to be ready.”
Sporting Information will observe the match stay and supply rating updates, commentary and highlights as they occur.
USMNT vs. El Salvador stay rating
52nd min – USA – Antonee Robinson
(All occasions Jap)
sixty fifth minute: Antonee Robinson pops up once more and forces an excellent save by Gonzalez, chopping in from the left and producing an off-balance shot with some tempo. The Fulham man goes gangbusters within the second half.
sixty fourth minute: Berhalter makes an enormous name, withdrawing Pulisic for Brendan Aaronson within the USA’s first substitution. It is the fitting name, Weah has been the far more practical winger tonight. Pulisic was 0-10 on duels within the first half, and it wasn’t any higher after the break.
59th minute: Phrase filters by means of social media that Mexico has gone a objective right down to 10-man Jamaica. If each outcomes maintain, it could put loads of stress on Tata Martino, however extra importantly right here, it could put the US able of true power within the Octagonal.
fifty fifth minute: Likelihood, USA! An unbelievable save by Gonzalez retains El Salvador’s deficit at only one. No clue how Yunus Musah obtained that shot off, it was a second of actual creativity proper on the penalty spot below heavy stress, and he put it in a really harmful space. Gonzalez dove up and full-stretch to his left to avoid wasting.
Gonzalez loses his thoughts, furious along with his again line.
52nd minute: GOAL, USA! Lastly, all of the attacking possession and stress pays off. Stable play down the fitting, and Weah completely roasts two defenders to get a shot off from a good angle. It is saved, and Ferreira heads throughout to Antonee Robinson on the alternative finish who supplies a much-needed end.
America got here out far more energetic this half, and it pays off.
THATS MORE LIKE IT!! Stumbling, pushing, rebound. Idc.
Antonee Robinson with a robust strike to beat the El Salvador keeper!!!
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) January 28, 2022
forty sixth minute: Again below approach for the second half. No halftime subs. U.S. will wish to get its star Pulisic extra concerned, as El Salvador has clearly game-planned to nullify him, as many CONCACAF opponents do.
Christian Pulisic misplaced possession on 15 of his 30 touches within the first half.
— Joseph Samelson (@jspsam) January 28, 2022
HALFTIME: USA 0-0 El Salvador
What a bizarre first half. El Salvador, once more, holds the US scoreless, but it surely did not really feel all that disappointing. Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Walker Zimmerman carried out extraordinarily nicely, Timothy Weah was vivid early, and each Sergino Dest and Christian Pulisic popped up a couple of occasions within the closing section.
For all that, and with 65% possession, no pictures heading in the right direction. El Salvador extraordinarily expert at bending however not breaking.
Berhalter tells ESPN at halftime they want extra velocity and extra risk on the El Salvador again line. He additionally mentions they should play a better line to induce turnovers. It will be all about tweaks within the locker room for the U.S. head man. This can be a spot they have been earlier than.
#USMNT is held scoreless within the first half for the seventh time in 9 qualifiers this cycle.
U.S. has outscored opponents 10-2 within the second half of the earlier eight qualifiers.
— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) January 28, 2022
Halftime ideas on the #USMNT …
– Cease making an attempt to do an excessive amount of within the attacking third. Be faster in getting the ball to area.
– Carry on Pepi and Aaronson ASAP, who will will let you press greater.
– Get Musah greater. Have Weston and Tyler search for him extra.
— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) January 28, 2022
forty second minute: Likelihood, USA! Wonderful work by Christian Pulisic below heavy stress from Darwin Ceren by means of the center works the ball vast left, and a strong cutback falls to Weah whose shot is simply blocked sufficient to ship it vast for a nook. Pulisic’s nook is wasted.
Pulisic has been shut down all through this primary half, however his talent was on full show there. America, someway, for all its dominance, doesn’t have a shot heading in the right direction but, which is worrying.
Oh Weah! Proper-footed shot may go in however a fantastic effort on the block by El Salvador. #USMNT
— Orri Benatar (@obenatar512) January 28, 2022
thirty eighth minute: Dest takes a wild swing on the ball close to the highest of the field and his shot is blocked. House facet wanting harmful however does not have the ultimate product simply but.
America has an actual urgency to it, whereas additionally wanting calm on the ball. In all honesty, the U.S. has dominated this match, in about as a lot as one can dominate a hard-fought CONCACAF battle. Midfield has been spectacular shifting the ball up the sector.
The buildup play has been actually good by the #USMNT, the ultimate ball simply is not there but
— Jake Winderman (@jakewinderman) January 28, 2022
thirty first minute: Pulisic leaves a nook very quick, wasted. That is not the primary time a cross from the U.S. has been quick tonight. It’s important to marvel if the chilly is affecting the ball’s structure.
twenty ninth minute: Likelihood, El Salvador! U.S. loses possession down the fitting and it produces a possibility for Alex Roldan who rifles his shot simply vast of the far put up. Turner at full stretch had it principally lined and made Roldan’s window very small, however there was a window for him to hit. That is an enormous alternative for Richards.
U.S. with a couple of unhealthy turnovers the final couple minutes.
Watching the #USMNT is my simply my favourite solution to induce crippling anxiousness
— Eric Giacometti (@Eric_Giacometti) January 28, 2022
Watching the #USMNT is my simply my favourite solution to induce crippling anxiousness
— Eric Giacometti (@Eric_Giacometti) January 28, 2022
twenty sixth minute: On a protracted throw from McKennie, Ferreira tries a motorcycle and it goes very poorly. That ain’t it, child. For what it is price, apart from his ending, Ferreira has been very vivid. He is been closely concerned however hasn’t but cashed in.
nineteenth minute: Likelihood, USA! Oh Ferreira, the primary one was robust, however this one needed to be behind the web. Dest with velocity down the fitting, cross completely to the top of Weah, who flicks on to Ferreira on the far put up. It is over. He flubbed it awkwardly, making an attempt to make use of his proper foot along with his physique dealing with the objective, as an alternative of utilizing the left which might have been extra pure. That is an enormous miss.
Left foot wanted is true. Use the left and it is 1-0. All issues thought of, even that he needing to stretch for it, that is a sitter missed by Jesus Ferreira. #USMNT
— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) January 28, 2022
18th minute: The refereeing on this match has been extraordinarily poor up to now. Close to-side assistant referee has missed a couple of throw-in selections, and now the official calls a foul on Zimmerman and talks to him, when he made no contact profitable the ball in midfield. Obtained there first. Officiating from this Guatemala crew wants to enhance.
The assistant referee on the US attacking finish is like 1-of-3 in important selections, which might be nice if he had been a shortstop.#USAvSLV
— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) January 28, 2022
sixteenth minute: Likelihood, USA! Jesus Ferreira combines extraordinarily nicely with Antonee Robinson on the left, and the younger striker blasts a tough volley excessive. He most likely might have gone down and gained a penalty, however he stays up and appears to complete the possibility. Promising for the house facet.
thirteenth minute: Tyler Adams makes a vital intervention within the penalty space on an overlapping El Salvador run, after which Pulisic has a shot blocked on the opposite finish after good buildup down the left. Each groups lookup for scoring on this match. Excessive power begin. El Salvador has gotten within the U.S. penalty space a couple of too many occasions, it is considerably worrying.
Christian Duenas of El Salvador involves the sideline to take away his thermal underwear high, which is a hardo transfer. Ref makes him wait to re-enter the sector.
ninth minute: Timothy Weah has been vivid early down the fitting. Crowd thought he gained a nook on an excellent burst, but it surely’s a objective kick. Weah appears precious down the flank, his tempo is harmful, and he might hyperlink up with Dest down the fitting.
He will get free once more and does certainly win a nook this time. Nook is true to Walker Zimmerman on their lonesome close to the far put up, however he heads it proper into the bottom disappointingly. That is a half-chance for the U.S. gone begging.
This right-sided trio of Sergiño Deat, Yunus Musah and Tim Weah can deliver so, a lot pleasure
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 28, 2022
fifth minute: As anticipated, El Salvador urgent very excessive. U.S coping with it effective for now, though there is a laughable second the place Antonee Robinson completely cleans out teammate Christian Pulisic making an attempt to interrupt stress down the left. Pulisic seemed in some ache, however the two snicker it off.
El Salvador will get the ball right into a harmful space within the U.S. penalty space, however Walker Zimmerman pounces on the lateral ball to clear it. Sergiño Dest makes one other important defensive transfer moments later. The interventions had been vital.
Chippy begin for each groups. #USMNT doing nicely with one-touch passes however nonetheless rising into the sport.
— Orri Benatar (@obenatar512) January 28, 2022
2nd minute: Yikes, nervy second early for El Salvador goalkeeper Marvin Gonzalez, who blasted a clearance up in opposition to Jesus Ferreira, however the ball fortunately comes proper again to his ft.
Fascinating stat given by Taylor Twellman on the ESPN broadcast: El Salvador has really led for extra minutes than the US all through World Cup qualifying up to now regardless of their very reverse desk positions.
1st minute: Below approach! Three factors or bust for the US. Identical for El Salvador.
Consider: We now have VAR tonight, for the primary time in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
6:45 p.m.: Sam Borden stories on ESPN that El Salvador did not deliver acceptable cold-weather gear, and needed to go purchase extra at a sporting items retailer as soon as they arrived. He stories that they really turned the temperature down within the locker room to get used to the chilly! They actually do not expertise this climate that always.
It appears so chilly!
6:32 p.m.: No stress, boys.
The @USMNT kicks off the first leg of a 3-match stretch throughout this Octagonal window with a house assembly tonight with El Salvador (7 ET on ESPN2).
The U.S. has defeated El Salvador in 14 straight residence video games, the longest streak of its form in opposition to a single opponent in staff historical past.
— ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 27, 2022
6:25 p.m.: Subject appears pristine, as our Michael DeCourcy is on website for the match.
The individuals in Columbus have been so good it feels a bit of tough to have talked a lot concerning the climate. However it’s chilly on the market! And possibly you can also make out the snow ❄️ #USAvSLV pic.twitter.com/mrqUmHi7mV
— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) January 27, 2022
6:13 p.m.: Gregg Berhalter says that he selected Jesus Ferreira at striker as a result of he has higher hold-up play than Pepi, which might be necessary immediately within the tactical setup they’ve chosen. We’ll see the way it works out for them.
Berhalter to @SamBorden:
“On this recreation we’re anticipating to play into our ahead so much, use him as a degree to attract their defenders out, and Jesús does an excellent job of that. Ricardo Pepi’s been good for us and I am certain we will see him on this window. At present we selected for Jesús”
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) January 27, 2022
6:00 p.m.: Lineups are in, and it would not be a USMNT match with out some key surprises. In the beginning, Ricardo Pepi misses out up entrance, with FC Dallas teammate Jesus Ferreira incomes the beginning up high. Chris Richards begins on the again rather than Miles Robinson.
El Salvador has a shock look by Brayan Landaverde in midfield, because the 26-year-old earns simply his fifth nationwide staff cap on the all-important defensive midfield spot.
Full rundown of lineups & staff information under.
5:35 p.m.: Gyasi Zardes is prepared for the winter climate, of which there’s some at present in Columbus.
Heading to the stadium in Columbus. At present 31 levels and lightweight snow.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 27, 2022
5:25 p.m.: Hype video!
5:05 p.m.: Plenty of USMNT gamers are in switch limbo whereas on nationwide staff responsibility this January, however one has had his future sealed. Goalkeeper Matt Turner, who’s prone to begin tonight with Zack Steffen nonetheless in Manchester coping with a again harm, has sealed a summer time transfer to Arsenal, in keeping with a number of stories earlier immediately. Congrats to Matt, a former undrafted free agent, on an enormous step up.
Inside the final hour, the events have agreed to phrases on a summer time switch of @headdturnerr to @Arsenal. Paperwork stay to be filed. What a second for @NERevolution and particularly Matt Turner. Undrafted to THIS!!!
Now he should ship for the @USMNT tonight.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 27, 2022
5:00 p.m.: The USMNT will put on its damaged glass residence equipment tonight, with the purple goalkeeper getup. I believe this yr’s equipment is wildly underrated — a very enjoyable, energetic design that is not too busy as to be painful. I get pleasure from this one so much.
USMNT vs. El Salvador lineups & staff information
The one lacking title on the U.S. roster for this worldwide break is winger Gio Reyna, who has been unable to shake off a irritating hamstring harm. DeAndre Yedlin is a spectator not in uniform after arriving late from Turkey as a result of an ice storm. In any other case, the roster is filled with top-tier U.S. expertise with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Sergino Dest all obtainable and able to go. Pulisic, Adams, and McKennie all begin in a match for the primary time since 2019.
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Matt Turner, who earlier immediately accomplished a change to Arsenal, begins in objective with Zack Steffen nonetheless in England coping with a reported again drawback. Walker Zimmerman begins at middle again, partnered with Bayern Munich teen Chris Richards, with Miles Robinson saved for different matches.
Yunus Musah, having scored for Valencia in opposition to Atletico Madrid in his final match, would be the one to hitch Adams and McKennie in a three-man midfield. Ricardo Pepi was anticipated to guide the U.S. assault, however his FC Dallas teammate Jesus Ferreira makes his first World Cup qualifying begin up high as an alternative. He is supported by Pulisic Timothy Weah who’s most popular to Brenden Aaronson.
USMNT beginning lineup (4-3-3, proper to left): Turner (GK) — Dest, Zimmerman, Richards, A. Robinson — Adams, McKennie, Musah — Pulisic, Ferreira, Weah.
USMNT subs (9): Johnson (GK), Arriola, Zardes, Aaronson, M. Robinson, Morris, Roldan, McKenzie, de la Torre, Pepi, Cannon, Acosta.
Within the 0-0 draw between these two groups within the reverse fixture, El Salvador supervisor Hugo Perez opted to clog the midfield and make life tough for the Individuals, who solely held 49 % possession regardless of the expertise hole. Perez is probably going to do this once more, utilizing both a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1, but it surely might face points alongside its again line.
Heart again Ronald Rodriguez, who not too long ago signed with USL Championship facet FC Tulsa and was glorious the final time these groups met, has not been in a position to safe a visa and Eriq Zavaleta reportedly has a toe an infection, though he makes the bench. Eduardo Vigil and Roberto Dominguez are subsequent in line to switch them.
There have been choices in midfield, and its Darwin Ceren and Brayan Landaverde in a rotation of the squad from final day trip. A optimistic COVID-19 take a look at retains Christian Martinez out.
On the wing, 20-year-old Enrico Duenas, who hails from Dutch membership Vitesse, has seen time in each World Cup qualifier, and Alex Roldan — brother of U.S. participant Christian Roldan — performs on the alternative flank. Joaquín Rivas is a constant presence up high, however has failed to attain in World Cup qualifying after a three-goal efficiency in final summer time’s Gold Cup.
El Salvador beginning lineup (4-4-2, left to proper): Gonzalez (GK) — Larin, Vigil, Dominguez, Tamacas — Duenas, Landaverde, Ceren, Roldan — J. Henriquez, Rivas.
El Salvador subs (9): Alguera, Carabantes, Villalobos, Zavaleta, Flores, Bonilla, Calvillo, Rivas, Ok. Reyes, Portillo, W. Martinez.
The right way to watch USMNT vs. El Salvador
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: ESPN2
- Spanish-language TV: UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming: FuboTV, ESPN+ (subscription required)
America vs. El Salvador match from Decrease.Com Subject in Columbus, Ohio, as a part of CONCACAF World Cup qualification is avaliable on TV throughout the US on ESPN 2, or streaming on ESPN+. The match can be obtainable to stream by way of FuboTV, which is accessable by a free trial for brand new customers.
USMNT vs. El Salvador betting odds, decide & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Choose: USA win & below 2.5 objectives (+140)
Prediction: USA 2-0 El Salvador
- Moneyline: USA -500 / Draw +500 / El Salvador +1200
- Unfold (Asian Handicap): USA -1.5 (-130) / El Salvador +1.5 (+110)
- O/U 2.5 complete objectives: Over -110 / Below -115
- Each groups to attain: Sure +200 / No -280