The U.S. men’s national team has yet to conclude its involvement in the current Concacaf Nations League tournament, but the Americans will learn their schedule and opponents this month for the 2023-24 edition.
Concacaf announced that the 2023-24 Nations League draw will take place on May 16 as the tournament continues with Leagues A, B, and C. The federation previously announced that the 2023-24 and 2024-25 Nations League editions will serve as the qualifying tournaments for the 2024 CONMEBOL Copa America and the 2025 Concacaf Gold Cup respectively.
The Nations League group stage will continue to be played in a three-League format (League A, B, and C) with group stage matches taking place during September, October, and November 2023.
For League A, the new Nations League quarterfinals will be played in November 2023. League A has been expanded to 16 teams (from the previous 12), in which the 12 lowest-ranked teams will be split into two groups of each teams apiece for group stage action.
Each team will play a total of four games during the group stage (two at home and two away). After Group Stage play, each group’s first and second-place finishers (four teams in total) will advance to the CNL Quarterfinals, where they will join the four top-ranked League A national teams.
The CNL Finals will take place at a to be announced venue in March 2024.
The draws will be executed using a single-blind system involving six pots for League A, four pots for League B, and three pots for League C. At the end of each draw, each group will contain one nation from each pot.
The USMNT, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada will all enter the 2023-24 Concacaf Nations League at the quarterfinal stage.
Anthony Hudson’s squad are currently set to face rivals Mexico in the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League semifinals this June. Panama and Canada will meet in the second semifinal matchup.
Here is a closer look at the leagues and teams:
League A (16 teams): Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba (promoted), Curaçao, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala (promoted), Haiti (promoted), Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua (promoted), Panama, Suriname, and the United States.
League B (16 teams): Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Montserrat, Puerto Rico (promoted), Saint Kitts and Nevis (promoted), Saint Lucia (promoted), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (promoted), and Trinidad and Tobago.
League C (9 teams): Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Saint Martin, Turks and Caicos Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
This summer is shaping up to be one of the most important transfer windows in USMNT history. Pulisic, Weah, Musah, McKennie, Reyna, Adams, Aaronson, Turner, Wright, Dest, Reynolds, Trusty, M. Tillman, Pepi all have potential big decisions to make this summer when it comes to the transfer window. Stay at current club, Loans with option for permanent transfers, just loans, or just permanent transfers. Not to mention Booth and Tessman as well.
Very important summer.
Even Horvath and Steffen have big decisions to make. If Luton Town gains promotion I wouldn’t be shocked if Luton try to buy Horvath.
Should open up friendly windows since we don’t have to play group stage. Not sure who we’ll play though since so many other regions will also have NL. Probably just friendlies with El Tri and Canada.
Friendlies are already being set up with Germany and other sides from Europe and possibly African teams for the fall.