The United States men’s national team finally kick off the final round of World Cup qualifying tonight. Only 10 matches stand between them and a spot in the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia.
To kick off CONCACAF’s Hexagonal, the U.S. will host their most bitter rivals, Mexico, in Columbus to see which regional power will gain the upper-hand early on in the final round. With three of the six teams guaranteed qualification and a fourth granted a spot in a playoff, odds are good that both the U.S. and Mexico will qualify, but which ever team can get off to a good start tonight will have a much easier path to doing so.
Both teams have been dealt injury blows with Geoff Cameron and Jordan Morris unavailable for Jurgen Klinsmann to select, not to mention Clint Dempsey’s expected absence. Juan Carlos Osorio will also be without winger Javier Aquino who had to withdraw from the squad earlier this week.
Both teams are also in fine form in 2016. Despite minor bumps in the round for each at this summer’s Copa America Centenario that saw them get blow out by the competition’s two eventual finalists, they’ve been taking care of their respective business for the rest of the way.
It should be one to remember as the USMNT try to make it five straight qualifying cycles in a row with a 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus. Can they do it?
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 7:45 p.m. ET, 4:45 p.m. PT
Available TV: Fox Sports 1, Univision, Univision Deportes