U.S. Men Get Favorable Draw In Early World Cup Qualifying

Photo via US Soccer.
Photo via US Soccer.

With qualifying for the 2018 World Cup set to begin later this year, the United States received a somewhat easier road for the semifinal round set to begin in November.

During a ceremony held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in which matchups were set for football federations around the world, the U.S. Men’s National Team was drawn into Group C of CONCACAF’s initial qualification round. The group includes Trinidad & Tobago, and eventually will also include the winners of St. Vincent & The Grenadines/Aruba and Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala from the Third Round of qualifying.

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CONCACAF’s Group B includes Costa Rica and Panama and the winners of Grenada/Haiti and Jamaica/Nicaragua, while Group A features Mexico, Honduras and the winners of Curaçao/El Salvador and Canada/Belize.

The U.S. will play each of its Group C opponents twice, once at home and once away, in round-robin play. The dates of the ties are Nov. 13 and 17, March 25 and 29, 2016 and Sept. 2 and 6, 2016; the opponents for those match days will be determined after the completion of the Third Round of Qualifying. The group winner and group runner-up advance to Final Round of World Cup Qualifying.