The U.S. men’s national team made a statement on Sunday night when Christian Pulisic recorded a hat trick to help the Americans beat Panama 5-1, a result that all but clinched its spot in the World Cup in Qatar.
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The Americans currently sit tied with Mexico with 25 points, three back of first place Canada.
They now can do no worse than fourth place but would have to lose by more than five goals to fall that far.
How can I watch USMNT vs. Costa Rica?
Kickoff between the U.S. and Costa Rica is set for 9:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 30. There are multiple ways that you can stream the match, including Peacock, NBC Universo, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.
How can USMNT qualify for the World Cup?
It’s pretty simple: just don’t lose by six goals or more. Even a 5-0 loss would send the Americans to the World Cup. The USMNT is currently tied with Mexico for second in the CONCACAF table, with the top three teams automatically qualifying for the World Cup. After a resounding 5-1 win over Panama on Sunday to move their goal differential to +13, the U.S. is in a prime position.
Costa Rica is in a tougher position, currently sitting fourth in the table. They are locked into fourth at worst, with the unlikely hope of surpassing the U.S. or Mexico for a top-three spot. Finishing fourth would send Costa Rica to the inter-confederation playoff, where they would face the Oceania winner in June with a chance to qualify for the World Cup.
The World Cup qualifiers have already featured several surprising results: Italy failed to qualify for the second time in a row, while Canada secured its first bid in 36 years.
When is the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18. Thirty-two teams will compete in eight venues across Qatar to determine a champion.
Traditionally, the World Cup is held every four years during the summer months. But due to the location of this year’s tournament, the games have been moved to November and December. Qatar is unreasonably warm in the summer, so the move was made to ensure the safety of athletes competing outdoors at a high level.