Storylines to follow in the leadup to #USAvVIN on Friday, Nov. 13
World Cup Qualifying on the #RoadtoRussia begins Friday against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Stay tuned to ussoccer.com all week as we get you ready for our qualifying opener in St. Louis.
Youth Movement Continues as World Cup Qualifying Begins
Since last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann has integrated young blood into the U.S. Men’s National Team – sometimes at the expense of risking results -- to build towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With 11 of the 23 players called for the MNT’s opening two qualifiers aged 25 or younger, Klinsmann has thrown out a challenge to those that have been brought along over the last 18 months -- “It’s time to prove your point.”
World Cup Qualifying 101
What is World Cup Qualifying? How is the MNT in the Semifinal Round already? How do we advance to the Hexagonal? What the heck is the Hexagonal? Get your questions answered to the MNT’s #RoadtoRussia in 2018.
Semifinal World Cup Qualifying Scares
People always say that the real danger in CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup isn’t in the final round – also known at the Hex – where six teams compete for three spots, plus an additional chance at a playoff. It’s the semifinal round that is fraught with the most peril. In fact, the MNT has twice found itself in danger of getting knocked out from the semifinal stage, experiencing some nervy moments in matches originally thought of as walk overs…
The Lowdown on St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The MNT has played 16 different CONCACAF nations in 138 total World Cup qualifying matches since 1934, but Friday’s game in St. Louis marks the side’s first ever against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. With 109,000 people, the tiny Caribbean nation’s population is roughly the same as Billings, Montana, but this isn’t their first time to the semifinal stage of qualifying. We look at who they are, how they got here and what challenges they’ll present the MNT in Friday’s match.
The Spirit of St. Louis
St. Louis is one of the historical homes for American soccer, but Friday’s match marks the MNT’s first game there in nearly 20 years. We take a look back at some of the city’s rich contributions to the game in the United States.
Legends Remember Qualifying
In many ways, international careers can be defined by World Cup qualifying matches. U.S. Soccer legends recall some of their top moments along the road to the game’s biggest event.