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USA World Cup qualifier match preview

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By Daniel Yae

The biggest rivalry in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), USA vs. Mexico, will be Friday, Nov. 12 where both teams will face off  for crucial points to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) are currently second in the CONCACAF world cup qualifier standings (three wins, two draws, one loss) with Mexico currently sitting in first place (4 wins, two draws). The USMNT will look to win their third consecutive game against Mexico, beating them in both the Gold Cup and CONCACAF Nations League finals over the 2021 summer. 

Beating Mexico would be huge for the USMNT and would strengthen their chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar which will happen next winter. After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, qualifying for the 2022 world cup is a must for USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT squad.

The USMNT will also play Jamaica Tuesday, Nov. 16. This should be an easier match for the U.S. as they beat Jamaica in early October, 2-0.

The United States Women’s National Team  will also have friendly matches on Nov. 26 against Australia at 11 p.m. at the Stadium Australia and will play them again Nov. 30 at 4:05 a.m. to round out their year and prepare for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Fox Sports 2 will cover the first match with ESPN covering the second match.

My prediction for these matches is that the USMNT beats Mexico 2-1 and beats Jamaica 2-0. 

Key players for the USMNT will be Ricardo Pepi who looks to continue his hot scoring form, Joe Scally who will replace and fill in the shoes of an injured Sergino Dest, and Weston McKennie who has been crucial for the USMNT in recent games.

The USMNT will play Mexico at 9:10 p.m. at the TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. Coverage of the game can be found on ESPN 2, Univision and TUDN channels. 

The USMNT will play Jamaica at 5 p.m. at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Spectators can follow the game coverage on Paramount and Universo channels.

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