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We got some clarity on the schedule.

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We have some dates for World Cup qualifying. During the open session of today’s U.S. Soccer meeting of its board of directors, USMNT general manager Brian McBride provided the team’s calendar for 2021 and 2022. Within that, he confirmed the dates of the 14 matchdays for the USMNT for World Cup qualifying, which begins for the team this fall.

There are still 3 teams that still need to qualify for the Octagon through the first 2 rounds of qualifying, which begins next month. Once that is completed in June, we will have the final 3 teams that complete the Final Round of qualifying.

Here is the full 2021 and 2022 schedule for the USMNT, as provided by U.S. Soccer during their board meeting today:

Keep in mind that the teams that are listed as an option are not restricted to those teams. This is the list of teams that could qualify for the Hex out of each group from the first two rounds of qualifying:

First Round (March 2021, June 2021; round robin)

Group A - El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Montserrat, U.S. Virgin Islands

Group B - Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Aruba

Group C - Curaçao, Guatemala, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, British Virgin Islands

Group D - Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Dominica, Anguilla

Group E - Haiti, Nicaragua, Belize, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos Islands

Group F - Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Bahamas

Second Round (June 2021; 2-legged series)

Group A winner vs. Group F winner

Group B winner vs. Group E winner

Group C winner vs. Group D winner

And now, the dates for the USMNT:

The Octagon

September 2, 2021: @ A/F winner

September 5, 2021: vs. B/E winner

September 8, 2021: @ Honduras

October 7, 2021: vs. Jamaica

October 10, 2021: @ C/D winner

October 13, 2021: vs. Costa Rica

November 12, 2021: vs. Mexico

November 16, 2021: @ Jamaica

January 27, 2022: vs. A/F winner

January 30, 2022: @ B/E winner

February 2, 2022: vs. Honduras

March 24, 2022: @ Mexico

March 27, 2022: vs. C/D winner

March 30, 2022: @ Costa Rica

There’s our road to Qatar. Mark your calendars. Hit the comments to discuss it all.