World Cup Qualifying Odds: Host US Favored Over Costa Rica

Written By Russ Mitchell on October 13, 2021

The next three-match World Cup qualifying wraps up tonight for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) and their CONCACAF neighbors.

The US hosts Costa Rica in Columbus, OH, in the last of three matches within a week. Most sportsbooks in Iowa have soccer odds available for Wednesday’s match. Some carry World Cup champion futures odds as well.

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Costa Rica at US odds

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How to watch US World Cup qualifying

ESPN2 has the USMNT World Cup qualifying match at 6 p.m. tonight.

Current CONCACAF standings

Teams get three points for every win and one point for a draw. Goal differentials break any ties in the standings table. After five matches (win-draw-loss):

  1. Mexico (3-2-0) — 11 points
  2. US (2-2-1) — 8 points
  3. Panama (2-2-1) — 8 points
  4. Canada (1-4-0) — 7 points
  5. Costa Rica (1-3-1) — 6 points
  6. El Salvador (1-2-2) — 5 points
  7. Honduras (0-3-2) — 3 points
  8. Jamaica (0-2-3) — 2 points

How CONCACAF World Cup qualifying works

The eight remaining CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) teams play each other twice over seven months for a total of 14 matches. Teams get three points for every win and one point for a draw. Goal differentials break any ties in the standings table.

FIFA dedicates 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 match earns a spot as well.

Professional soccer leagues worldwide coordinate breaks in their season schedules to give the world’s best players a chance to play for their country. Some of the windows for World Cup qualifiers were supposed to open more than a year ago, but the pandemic grounded travel to international matches.

National teams play two matches during these professional league breaks in normal years, but they’ll play up to three qualifying matches during upcoming windows to get the matches in.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 13

  • 6 p.m. — Costa Rica at US in Columbus, OH (ESPN2)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Panama at Canada
  • 7:05 p.m. — Jamaica at Honduras
  • 9:05 p.m. — Mexico at El Salvador

CONCACAF recently released the next rounds of World Cup qualifying as teams continue their trek to Qatar. Not all times and networks have been announced yet.

Friday, Nov. 12

  • 7:05 p.m. — Panama at Honduras
  • 8:05 p.m. — Costa Rica at Canada
  • 8:10 p.m. — Mexico at US in Cincinnati (ESPN)
  • 9 p.m. — Jamaica at El Salvador

Tuesday, Nov. 16

  • 4 p.m. — US at Jamaica
  • 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
Photo by Arnulfo Franco / AP
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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