The United States men’s national soccer team will begin their path to the FIFA World Cup with a qualifying match tonight against St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
To help give you a better understanding of what it takes to qualify, I went to the official US Soccer website. Here is a great break down and understanding of the tournament.
Since the 1998 World Cup Qualifying cycle, the MNT’s path to one of CONCACAF’s berths at the FIFA World Cup has been a long and winding road. Nowadays, in order for the MNT to qualify for the World Cup, it’ll have to go through at least 16 matches against CONCACAF opponents over the course of nearly two years.
Qualifying Format and Dates
After 29 CONCACAF nations played through three preliminary qualification rounds which began late last March, the MNT enters World Cup Qualifying as one of 12 teams spread across three Semifinal Round groups:
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|El Salvador||Haiti||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Honduras||Jamaica||Trinidad & Tobago|