The U.S. males’s nationwide workforce seems to be to start its last push in the direction of the 2022 World Cup as Gregg Berhalter’s aspect hosts El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday in a match it’s anticipated to win.
Six extra fixtures stay, together with three throughout this worldwide window, with necessary factors up for grabs. The U.S. sits second within the qualification desk, with Canada only a level forward in first, and each Mexico and Panama only a level behind the Individuals. Solely the highest three safe an automated berth to Qatar 2022, whereas fourth place will play an intercontinental play-in match in opposition to a workforce from Oceania.
Opponents El Salvador, in the meantime, sit seventh with simply six factors from eight matches, and a loss in Columbus would just about seal their elimination barring an unlikely run of victories to shut out qualifying. A aggressive efficiency, even perhaps sufficient to nick a draw, is the real looking expectation for the Cuscatlecos.
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The USMNT roster referred to as up by Berhalter for these three matches is sort of full-strength. The standout title is Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, who’s struggling for time and type with the Blues. However the US will look to the Premier League star to supply a spark.
“Clearly it has been up and down this yr, for certain,” Pulisic mentioned throughout his pre-match press convention concerning his present state of affairs at Chelsea, admitting life has been troublesome. “Not precisely the place I wish to be and the way I need issues to be proper now.”
“Mentally it has performed on me at instances, however I’m all the time very excited to be on the nationwide workforce and get to get pleasure from taking part in with these guys and simply get pleasure from soccer usually.”
El Salvador has overwhelmed the US simply as soon as in 25 tries, and by no means in World Cup qualification, however the 0-0 draw within the match performed in El Salvador will give U.S. followers some trepidation.
CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying standings
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* = The highest three groups earn direct berths to Qatar 2022, whereas fourth place will head to an intercontinental playoff in opposition to a nation from Oceania.
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+ (authenticated customers)
Thursday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between the US and El Salvador from Decrease.com Area can be broadcast on ESPN2 (English) and TUDN and UniMas (Spanish) within the USA.
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USMNT vs. El Salvador workforce information & projected lineups
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 damage. In any other case, the roster is filled with top-tier U.S. expertise with the likes of Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Sergino Dest all out there and able to go.
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Matt Turner, who was rumored only a week previous to be set for a transfer to Arsenal, is anticipated to begin in objective, with Zack Steffen nonetheless again in England coping with a reported again drawback. Miles Robinson is a lock to begin at heart again, however it’s unclear who will companion with the Atlanta United man. Walker Zimmerman is a risk, as is Mark McKenzie.
Yunus Musah, having scored for Valencia in opposition to Atletico Madrid in his final match, may very well be the one to affix Adams and McKennie in a three-man midfield. Ricardo Pepi is anticipated to guide the U.S. assault, supported by Pulisic and one in all Brenden Aaronson or Timothy Weah. Or, Berhalter might sacrifice Musah to incorporate each Aaronson and Weah in a 4-2-3-1.
USMNT projected beginning lineup (4-3-3, proper to left): Turner (GK) — Dest, Zimmerman, M. Robinson, A. Robinson — Adams, McKennie, Musah — Pulisic, Pepi, Aaronson.
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 troublesome for the Individuals, who solely held 49 % possession regardless of the expertise hole. Perez is probably going to try this once more, utilizing both a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1, however it may very well be dealing with points alongside its again line.
Middle again Ronald Rodriguez, who not too long ago signed with USL Championship aspect FC Tulsa and was glorious the final time these groups met, has not been capable of safe a visa and Eriq Zavaleta reportedly has a toe an infection. Eduardo Vigil and Roberto Dominguez can be subsequent in line to switch them.
There are alternatives in midfield, with Narciso Orellana and Marvin Monterroza each eyeing spots after beginning within the final assembly, though both may very well be changed by Darwin Ceren. A optimistic COVID-19 take a look at is about to maintain 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 other 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 season’s Gold Cup.
El Salvador projected beginning lineup (4-4-2, left to proper): Gonzalez (GK) — Larin, Vigil, Dominguez, Tamacas — Duenas, Monterroza, Ceren, Roldan — J. Henriquez, Rivas.
USMNT vs. El Salvador betting odds, decide & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Choose: USA win & underneath 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 whole objectives: Over -110 / Below -115
- Each groups to attain: Sure +200 / No -280