How Can the USMNT Reach the 2022 World Cup?

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When the U.S. Men’s National Team begins their Concacaf World Cup qualifying run this fall only one thing will be on the minds of manager Gregg Berhalter and his players; avoiding a repeat of four years ago.

If you’re new to the soccer scene or just a bit confused about how World Cup qualifying works, we’ll get into that in a second, but first, let’s briefly revisit the events that occurred on October 10, 2017 down in Trinidad & Tobago.

The situation was quite simple for the United States, who were heading into their final WCQ match against Trinidad. A win or draw would’ve been good enough for the USMNT to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Instead, the Americans fell behind 2-0 inside the first half, including an own goal from American defender Omar Gonzalez.

Christian Pulisic managed to pull one back for the Yanks, but alas it wasn’t enough and the U.S.’ World Cup hopes were crushed before they even officially began. Given the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team and their various team accomplishments throughout the years, the reactions to the men missing the most-prestigious soccer tournament on the planet were unhinged and passionate.

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