The US Men’s National Team (USMNT) picked up three critical points Friday with a win over Mexico in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Now they want to stay atop the North America, Central America and Caribbean standings table with a win over Jamaica.
The match kicks off at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica. It will be streamed on the CBS subscriber platform Paramount+. Universo may be a channel option in Iowa, but the commentary will be in Spanish. Tuesday’s matches are the last CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying events of 2021.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying odds
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Betfred Sportsbook in Iowa has a promotion in place for the match. Wager $25 or more on weekday soccer and Betfred will throw in $5 of promo cash. New customers can access a larger Betfred offer as well.
It’s also worth mentioning that the USMNT added one more chance to bet on Team USA outside of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The Americans will host Bosnia and Herzegovina at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Carson, CA, near Los Angeles.
FS1 will broadcast that international friendly. The USMNT is calling it a “bridge match” for when the World Cup chase resumes in 2022.
CONCACAF qualifying update
The World Cup is usually a summer event but Qatar is the host country in 2022. The heat would be too oppressive during conventional dates, so the World Cup will overlap with football season next year. Dates are Nov. 21 to Dec. 18.
Professional soccer leagues worldwide coordinate breaks in their season schedules to give the world’s best players a chance to play for their country.
The eight remaining CONCACAF teams play each other twice over seven months for a total of 14 matches. FIFA gives three of its 32 World Cup spots to the CONCACAF region.
FIFA will then pair CONCACAF’s fourth-place team with a fourth-place team from Asia, the South Pacific or South America. The winner of that head-to-head pairing earns a World Cup spot as well.
Teams get three points for every win and one point for a draw. Goal differentials break any ties in the standings table. After seven matches (win-draw-loss):
- US (4-2-1) — 14 points (Goal differential +7)
- Mexico (4-2-1) — 14 points (GD +5)
- Canada (3-4-0) — 13 points (GD +7)
- Panama (3-2-2) — 11 points (GD +1)
- Costa Rica (1-3-3) — 6 points (GD -2)
- Jamaica (1-3-3) — 6 points (GD -4)
- El Salvador (1-3-3) — 6 points (GD -5)
- Honduras (0-3-4) — 3 points (GD -9)
World Cup qualifying schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 16
- 4 p.m. — US at Jamaica (Paramount+ and Universo)
- 7:05 p.m. — Honduras at Costa Rica
- 8:05 p.m. — Mexico at Canada
- 8:05 p.m. — El Salvador at Panama
Thursday, Jan. 27 (Times TBA)
- Panama at Costa Rica
- Canada at Honduras
- Mexico at Jamaica
- El Salvador at US
Sunday, Jan. 30
- US at Canada
- El Salvador at Honduras
- Costa Rica at Mexico
- Jamaica at Panama
Wednesday, Feb. 2
- Canada at El Salvador
- Costa Rica at Jamaica
- Panama at Mexico
- Honduras at US
Thursday, March 24
- Canada at Costa Rica
- El Salvador at Jamaica
- US at Mexico
- Honduras at Panama
Sunday, March 27
- Jamaica at Canada
- Costa Rica at El Salvador
- Mexico at Honduras
- Panama at US
Wednesday, March 30
- US at Costa Rica
- Honduras at Jamacia
- El Salvador at Mexico
- Canada at Panama