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.
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.