The CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will begin on March 24. A total of 35 teams will begin their journey to the big dream, but only 13 of them will be able to earn a place. The road will be tough and although there are some favorite teams, the last qualifiers have made it clear that no one has anything assured. On the other hand, there are some pretty promising players worth keeping an eye on.
A RENEWED U.S. TEAM SEEKS REDEMPTION:
After the embarrassing, shocking and historic loss to Trinidad and Tobago that prevented them from participating in the Russia 2018 World Cup, the United States is thirsting for revenge. To achieve it, they have a promising generation of young players who have been signed by some of Europe’s top clubs. The United States is already a power in women’s soccer, but in the words of FIFA President Gianni Infantino himself, the country could also become a power in men’s soccer in the coming years.
Another great favorite is Mexico. Although they do not have a particularly exceptional team, they are one of the best in CONCACAF and are the current Gold Cup champions. Costa Rica is another serious candidate to qualify and play its third World Cup in a row. Panama should also be taken into account, after surprising the world in 2017 by qualifying to their first World Cup.
PULISIC LEADS THE NEW GENERATION:
As we have said before, the United States is seeing the emergence of a young group of players who are in the best leagues in the world. The most important is Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea, but in addition to him is Weston McKennie, an important man in Juventus’ midfield. They are joined by Sergiño Dest, the promising Barcelona fullback. Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Bryan Reynolds (AS Roma) are other players you should follow.
On the other hand, Canada is pinning its hopes on Bayern Munich’s young star Alphonso Davis. Mexico, for its part, has important names such as Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton), Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid), Diego Lainez (Real Betis) and Jesus Corona (FC Porto). Costa Rica will be led by experienced goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and has played in four Champions League finals during his career.
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