The U.S. Men’s National Team’s plans of participating in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Concacaf Nations League semifinals hit a delay earlier this year and now its plans to begin 2022 World Cup Qualifying is also reportedly in jeopardy of being delayed.
Concacaf president Victor Montagliani stated Monday that the qualification tournament may change due to the delay in international matches already in 2020. The qualification tournament is slated to begin in September, but the postponement of several competitions could force changes to be made.
“It brings in a little bit of an integrity issue when teams haven’t been able to play,” Montagliani said in a conference call with reporters.
“What we’re committed to is ensuring that whatever the format will be, [it] has to be a fit into whatever the new calendar is going to look like,” as well as be done from “a sporting standpoint.”
Three Concacaf teams will qualify from a hexagonal for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth ranked team will advance to a playoff to be determined at a later date. That fourth ranked team from the hex will face the winner of a competition which includes the remaining 35 Concacaf teams. The winner of that playoff will advance to the inter-continental playoff in March 2022.
The ongoing Coronavirus epidemic has forced the postponement of this summer’s Olympics in Japan as well as the Concacaf Nations League semifinals scheduled for Texas. The USMNT was scheduled to face Honduras in one semifinal tie with Mexico and Costa Rica meeting in the second.
Gregg Berhalter’s side has only played one match in 2020, a 1-0 friendly win in January over Los Ticos. Its scheduled road friendlies at Wales and the Netherlands were postponed back in early March which were scheduled to be the USMNT’s first away matches since Nov. 2018.
Julian Green is producing his best season yet for 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Furth and the German club still has 14 matches left to play. Green played the hero for Stefan Leitl’s side on Tuesday, scoring the (…)
Sporting Kansas City got a major boost to its coaching staff with the addition of a former club playing legend. The Western Conference club announced Tuesday that longtime midfielder and MLS All-Star Benny (…)
The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off a busy 2021 on Sunday with a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, and as much as the January camp has featured plenty of young faces due to the inclusion of an Under-23 (…)
Swansea City could pick up some ground in the EFL Championship promotion race this week, but will face a tough test at home on Wednesday. The Swans host fourth-place Brentford with Seattle Sounders (…)
Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association have yet to reach an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but that is not stopping the league from moving ahead with its plans for the upcoming (…)
Duane Holmes began his career in the blue and white of Huddersfield Town and now eight years later has made his return to the John Smith Stadium in hopes of giving even more to the club. Holmes officially (…)
Brian Schmetzer is staying put. The Seattle Sounders announced on Monday that Schmetzer has signed a multi-year contraction extension with the team. Schmetzer had been out of contract following the (…)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark is reportedly set to become the next young American to make the jump to Europe with a start in the German Bundesliga. The 17-year-old is close to signing with Bundesliga (…)
The EFL Championship is the second division of English soccer, but the level of the league is that of a top-flight league, which is why it shouldn’t be considered a guarantee that any newcomer will arrive and (…)