2022 Concacaf World Cup Qualifying: USA vs. El Salvador

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2021)—After practically 4 years, the U.S. Males’s Nationwide Group will embark on the hunt to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when it faces El Salvador on Thursday, Sept. 2 in San Salvador. El Salvador-USA marks the start of a grueling seven-month journey for the USMNT by the trials of Concacaf, the place it is going to play 14 matches towards seven of the confederation’s high groups for the correct to symbolize the area at Qatar 2022.


For the primary time, the September worldwide window options three World Cup qualifying matches and all of it begins off with a visit to the hostile environs of San Salvador. Kickoff from Estadio Cuscatlan is ready for 10:05 p.m. ET on CBS Sports activities Community, Paramount+ and Universo.


Followers can observe the USMNT throughout the match on Twitter (@USMNT), Instagram (@USMNT), Fb and the official U.S. Soccer App.





GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 7/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester Metropolis/ENG; 23/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 7/0)


DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United; 3/0), John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 43/3), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 11/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 6/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 45/1), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 12/0), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 9/3), James Sands (New York Metropolis FC; 6/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 64/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 17/2)


MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 37/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 14/1), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 29/7), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 24/7), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 25/0)


FORWARDS (7):Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg/AUT; 7/3), Konrad de la Fuente (Olympique Marseille/FRA; 1/0), Jordan Pefok (BSC Younger Boys/SUI; 6/1), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 38/16), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 8/4), Josh Sargent (Norwich Metropolis/ENG; 16/5)







Time (ET)

TV Information

Thursday, Sept. 2

El Salvador

Estadio Cuscatlan; San Salvador, El Salvador

10:05 p.m.

*CBS Sports activities Community, Paramount+, Universo

Sunday, Sept. 5


Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

8:00 p.m.

FS1, UniMás, TUDN

Wednesday, Sept. 8


Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

10:05 p.m.

*Paramount+, Universo


*FAQ – Away World Cup Qualifying TV Rights 


Groups qualify for the World Cup by their regional confederations, and the USMNT must run the gauntlet of Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) to achieve Qatar 2022. For the primary time, eight groups will contest the ultimate spherical of World Cup qualifying for Concacaf from September to March. The nations will play a 14-match round-robin, dwelling and away towards every of the seven different groups.


Because of the international COVID-19 pandemic, the World Cup qualifying schedule has been condensed from 18 months to seven. To accommodate the brand new schedule, the USMNT will play three matches throughout 4 of the 5 worldwide home windows fairly than the standard two matches.


The USA might be challenged from the very outset, with tough highway journeys to El Salvador and Honduras plus a house date with an on-the-rise Canada group in its first slate of World Cup qualifying matches.







After assembling two nearly fully totally different squads for its two summer time trophy-winning runs, head coach Gregg Berhalter has put collectively an thrilling 25-player roster for the primary set of World Cup qualifying matches. Because the video games are scheduled throughout a FIFA worldwide window, all gamers have been out there for choice. Groups can summon a bigger group for the window, however the recreation day rosters for World Cup qualifiers could solely embrace 23 gamers.


Twenty-three of the 25 gamers took dwelling {hardware} this summer time with the USMNT- 18 gamers helped the USA elevate the inaugural Concacaf Nations League trophy in June, whereas eight gamers have been a part of the squad that received the USMNT’s seventh Gold Cup title in August. 9 gamers are on golf equipment which have certified for the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage: Brenden Aaronson (Crimson Bull Salzburg), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Jordan Pefok (BSC Younger Boys), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) and Zack Steffen (Manchester Metropolis).


The 2 gamers to not seem with the USMNT this summer time have been on scorching streaks of their very own for his or her golf equipment. Eighteen-year-old ahead Ricardo Pepi has been on a tear this season for FC Dallas, netting 11 objectives to earn his first senior USMNT call-up. The teenage striker additionally sank the game-winning penalty kick for MLS in final week’s All-Star Sport vs. Liga MX. Fellow ahead Konrad de la Fuente made a summer time transfer to Ligue 1 energy Olympique Marseille and has began every of the membership’s first three matches, logging an help in his membership debut on Aug. 8.


Six gamers have earlier World Cup qualifying expertise: Christian Pulisic (13 caps), DeAndre Yedlin (10), Kellyn Acosta (6), Tim Ream (6), John Brooks (4) and Sebastian Lletget (1), whereas the opposite 19 will look to make their debuts throughout the Octagonal.





U.S. Soccer kicked off its “Countdown to World Cup Qualifying” with the launch of “Solely Ahead,” / “Solo Pa’lante,” the USMNT’s new inventive marketing campaign centered on uniting followers and the group in a collective journey to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.



Developed together with the gamers, coaches and employees, “Solely Ahead / Solo Pa’lante” highlights a younger, various and global-minded Males’s Nationwide Group that’s humble but resilient because it appears to sort out the problem of World Cup Qualifying throughout the subsequent eight months. After an action-packed summer time by which the deep U.S. participant pool responded to adversity on and off the sphere and proved itself with two regional championship trophies, the USMNT is able to present the world that they’re ready to alter the best way the world views American soccer.





Forward of World Cup qualifying, the USMNT had a busy, productive summer time taking dwelling two confederation championships within the inaugural Nations League and the Gold Cup. Utilizing nearly two totally totally different rosters, the USMNT gained invaluable expertise and deepened the younger, proficient participant pool with the 2 trophy runs by which the group reply to adversity time and again. Twenty-three of the 25 gamers in camp for September have been topped champions at one of many two tournaments. Two players- midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Sebastian Lletget- have been part of each.


On the Nations League Remaining 4 in June, a hard-fought 1-0 semifinal win vs. Honduras set the stage for an prompt traditional USA-Mexico match within the Concacaf Nations League Remaining, a dramatic 3-2 victory. Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie each equalized for the USA in regulation earlier than Christian Pulisic drew and transformed the game-winning penalty within the second interval of additional time. Substitute goalkeeper Ethan Horvath shone in saving a Mexico penalty in stoppage time of the second additional time interval to safe the USMNT’s first trophy of the summer time.


With an nearly totally totally different roster, the USA took dwelling its seventh Concacaf Gold Cup in August with one other dramatic additional time closing vs. Mexico. Twelve gamers made their debuts in official competitors for the U.S. throughout the match, and gamers like defender Miles Robinson and goalkeeper Matt Turner- who entered the Gold Cup with simply 4 mixed worldwide caps- performed the hero for the USMNT, highlighted within the 1-0 victory towards Mexico. Turner took dwelling the match’s Golden Glove after shutting out El Tri within the closing and permitting only one purpose throughout his seven begins, whereas Robinson anchored the protection and headed within the championship-winning purpose within the second interval of additional time vs. Mexico.




  • As of the beginning of camp on August 30, the USMNT roster had a mean age of 24 years, 43 days. 13 gamers have been 23 and youthful as of the primary day of coaching.

  • The 26-player roster averages 18 caps total and 7 in official competitors.

  • Gamers hail from golf equipment in 10 totally different nations: USA (9), England (6), Germany (3), France (2), Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey (1 every).

  • Having returned to the USMNT fold for the pleasant towards El Salvador final December, Acosta has appeared in all 13 matches in 2021 and 14 consecutive matches total, which is the longest streak of appearances by a USMNT participant since DaMarcus Beasley performed in 16-straight matches in 2003-04.

  • Lletget sits second on the group with 12 appearances in 2021.

  • With seven objectives from the 2018 cycle, 22-year-old ahead Christian Pulisic enters the 2022 marketing campaign tied with Michael Bradley for seventh on the USMNT’s all-time WCQ purpose scoring record.

  • Pulisic additionally sits tied for fourth on the USMNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifying assists record with six.

  • The WCQ opener at El Salvador comes 5 years to the day {that a} 17-year-old Pulisic turned the youngest USMNT participant to attain in qualifying, tallying twice in a 6-0 win at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, 2016 in Kingstown.

  • The 2016 match in St. Vincent additionally marked the World Cup Qualifying debut for midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who deputized at left again within the 6-0 win.

  • Brenden Aaronson performed an enormous position in serving to Crimson Bull Salzburg earn a Champions League berth, scoring in each legs of the membership’s qualifying playoff with Brøndby on Aug. 17 and 25.

  • Now based mostly in England, ahead Josh Sargent scored his first two objectives and registered an help in Norwich Metropolis’s 6-0 win towards Bournemouth within the Carabao Cup play on Aug. 24.

  • Defender Antonee Robinson additionally registered his first purpose for Fulham, scoring in stoppage time to present the Cottagers a 2-0 win at Birmingham Metropolis within the Carabao Cup on Aug. 24.

  • Eight gamers have been a part of the MLS All-Star roster that confronted the Liga MX All Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in Los Angeles: George Bello, Sebastian Lletget, Ricardo Pepi, Miles Robinson, Cristian Roldan, James Sands, Matt Turner and Walker Zimmerman.

  • Matt Turner is the primary USMNT goalkeeper to submit wins in every of his first seven appearances. The 27-year-old has conceded only one purpose – which got here on a penalty kick – in that point. Turner has posted an 11-2-4 file for New England this season, serving to the Revs to the highest of the Supporters Protect standings.

  • Turner additionally saved two penalties and earned Man of the Match honors to assist the MLS defeat their Liga MX counterparts in a shootout win in Wednesday’s All-Star Sport.

  • The eighteen-year-old Pepi earns his first USMNT call-up. A member of the U.S. squad on the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup together with George Bello and Gio Reyna, Pepi has registered 11 objectives and two assists in 21 appearances for FC Dallas this season.

  • Konrad de la Fuente returns to USMNT camp for the primary time since making his debut on Nov. 12, 2020 towards Wales.

  • Tim Weah was pressured to withdraw from the roster on account of an harm suffered in coaching together with his membership previous to departure for camp.


  • Thursday marks the twenty fifth assembly all-time between the USA and El Salvador. The USMNT holds a 18-1-5 benefit within the collection, outscoring Los Cusatlecos 60-15 and enters the match on a 17-game unbeaten streak vs. the Salvadorans.

  • The USA is 5-0-3 vs. El Salvador all-time in World Cup qualifying, together with a 2-0-2 mark on the highway. The groups final performed in qualifying in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup- each come-from behind outcomes for the USMNT. The U.S. drew El Salvador 2-2 at Estadio Cuscatlan in March 2009 on late objectives from Jozy Altidore and Frankie Hejduk and in addition got here again for a 2-1 win in Sandy, Utah in September 2009.

  • The nations final met on Dec. 9, 2020 – a uncommon December match for the USMNT and a 6-0 victory. Chris Mueller bagged a brace in his U.S. debut, whereas present call-ups Sebastian Lletget and Brenden Aaronson additionally scored, Aaronson tallying his first worldwide purpose.

  • 5 U.S. gamers appeared vs. El Salvador in December- Aaronson, Lletget, plus defenders Mark McKenzie and Walker Zimmerman and midfielder Kellyn Acosta.

  • A complete of six El Salvador gamers logged minutes within the match: defender Roberto Dominguez, midfielder Darwin Ceren, Marvin Monterroza, Denis Pineda and Narciso Orellana plus ahead Joaquin Rivas.

  • El Salvador is coached by former USMNT star midfielder and Nationwide Soccer Corridor of Famer Hugo Pérez. Pérez scored a important purpose for the USA vs. El Salvador throughout its qualifying marketing campaign for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the USA’s first look on soccer’s largest stage in 40 years.



GOALKEEPERS (3): Kevin Carabantes (FAS; 3/0), Mario Gonzalez (Alianza; 11/0), Yonatan Guardado (As soon as Deportivo; 0/0)


DEFENDERS (8): Lizandro Claros (Aguila; 0/0), Roberto Dominguez (Chalatenango; 42/1), Ronald Gomez (Aguila; 10/0), Alexander Larin (Comunicaciones/GUA; 62/4), Miguel Lemus (Chalatenango; 6/0), Bryan Tamacas (Alianza; 42/1), Eduardo Vigil (Firpo; 1/0), Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC/CAN; 8/1)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Melvin Cartagena (As soon as Deportivo; 1/0), Darwin Ceren (Houston Dynamo/USA; 66/4), Enrico Hernandez (FC Eindhoven/NED; 0/0), Christian Martinez (San Carlos/CRC; 0/0), Armando Moreno (New Mexico United/USA; 4/0), Marvin Monterroza (Alianza; 29/2), Denis Pineda (FAS; 28/3), Narciso Orellana (Alianza; 39/1), Harold Osorio (Alianza; 1/0), Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 4/1)


FORWARDS (7): Jairo Henriquez (Aguila; 12/1), Walmer Martinez (Hartford Athletic/USA; 8/2), Joshua Perez (Miami FC/USA; 10/3), Kevin Reyes (FAS; 1/0), Joaquin Rivas (FC Tulsa/USA; 14/4), Erick Rivera (Santa Tecla; 3/0), Styven Vasquez (Aguila; 1/0) 


  • Whereas 5 groups robotically certified to the ultimate eight-team spherical of World Cup qualifying, El Salvador earned its Octoganal berth as considered one of three nations to emerge from 30 groups competing within the first two rounds.

  • El Salvador was the top-seeded group within the first spherical and went undefeated in 4 video games towards Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Montserrat and the U.S. Virgin Islands to high Group A, outscoring its opponents 13-1.

  • Within the six-team second spherical, El Salvador drew Saint Kitts and Nevis for a home-and-away collection. Los Cusatlecos topped The Sugar Boyz 4-0 in Saint Kitts and received 2-0 in San Salvador to safe its spot within the Octoganal. Ahead Josh Perez scored in each matches.

  • Los Cusatlecos additionally reached the quarterfinals of this summer time’s Concacaf Gold Cup, falling 3-2 to Qatar after a second-half comeback effort fell simply quick.

  • Eighteen of 28 gamers on El Salvador’s roster compete domestically, with 5 gamers coming from Alianza and 4 from Aguila, traditionally two of the nation’s strongest golf equipment. Six gamers are based mostly within the U.S., together with two in MLS- Ceren and Roldan. El Salvador additionally sports activities gamers who ply their commerce in Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Netherlands.

  • El Salvador has seen a latest inflow of U.S.-connected expertise since Perez took over this system earlier this yr. His nephew, Josh, performed with Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic on the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Midfielder Armando Moreno was an unused sub for the USMNT vs. Puerto Rico in Might 2016, whereas midfielder Alex Roldan is the youthful brother of U.S. midfielder Cristian Roldan. Defender Eriq Zavaleta additionally appeared for the USA on the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

  • Houston Dynamo midfielder Darwin Ceren is the roster’s most skilled participant with 66 worldwide caps.

  • Most just lately, El Salvador performed Costa Rica to a 0-0 pleasant on Aug. 21 in Carson, Calif.

  • The Octagonal marks El Salvador’s fifth look within the closing spherical of Concacaf World Cup qualifying after vying to achieve the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2010 tournaments. The Salvadorans completed fifth out of six groups throughout its final look trying to qualify for South Africa 2010.

  • El Salvador reached the World Cup in 1970 and 1982 however completed final in each of its appearances on the match.



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