CHICAGO (Dec. 14, 2023) - The U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team will face Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and Guatemala in Group C at the upcoming 2024 Concacaf Futsal Championship, which will take place April 13-20 at Polideportivo Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. The four teams that advance to the tournament semifinals will qualify for the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held Sept. 14-Oct. 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
“It's a strong group, but when you prepare for competitions like this, you have to prepare in a way that you are ready to play against anybody,” U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team head coach Hewerton Moreira. “There’s been a little bit of change in personnel since the last cycle when we finished as runner-up in Concacaf and qualified for the World Cup. I've tried to infuse some players with the profile that I believe will be a good fit and create a strong system in order for us to play well and gel together on the court. We're going to be strong for Concacaf and the goal is to qualify for the World Cup. We will prepare ourselves to battle and move forward.”
Following a runner-up finish at the 2021 Concacaf Championship which clinched a berth at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania, the U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team will look to qualify for consecutive tournaments for the first time since 2008. The USA is making its seventh appearance at the Concacaf Futsal Championship and will look to earn its first confederation title since 2004.
GROUP C SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 13
USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago – 12 p.m. ET
Guatemala vs. Dominican Republic – 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 14
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Guatemala – 12 p.m. ET
Dominican Republic vs. USA – 2 p.m. ET
Monday, April 15
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Dominican Republic – 12 p.m. ET
Guatemala vs. USA – 2 p.m. ET
The Draw, which took place at Concacaf headquarters in Miami, saw the 12-team field split into three groups of four teams each. The top two finishers in each group, along with the two best third-place teams, will progress to the quarterfinals where the winners will book their tickets to Uzbekistan for the 10th edition of the Futsal World Cup this fall. The competition will continue in a knockout round format from the semifinals, concluding with the third-place match and the final on April 20 in Managua.
The USA’s draw features two rematches from the 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship knockout stage, as the U.S. will take on Guatemala, who it topped in penalty kicks in a thrilling semifinal match, and Dominican Republic, who the red, white and blue defeated in the quarters to clinch its first World Cup berth since 2008.
2024 Concacaf Futsal Championship Groups
|Trinidad and Tobago
Group Opponent Capsules:
This will be the USA’s seventh meeting with Guatemala, compiling a 2-3-1 record, and fourth meeting at World Cup qualifying, where the U.S. is 1-2-1 vs. Los Chapines. The nations met in a thrilling semifinal match at the 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship, drawing 2-2 in extra time before the U.S. triumphed 5-4 on penalty kicks to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2008.
Trinidad and Tobago
It's the USA’s first clash with Trinidad and Tobago on the court, its 14th opponent in Concacaf all-time. The dual-island nation is making its fourth appearance at the competition and its first back-to-back appearances since 2004-2008.
The U.S. and Dominican Republic will face off for the second time after first meeting in the World Cup-clinching quarterfinals at the 2021 tournament. In the DR’s first appearance at the Concacaf Futsal Championship, the USA topped Los Quisqueyanos 2-0 to secure its first World Cup berth since 2008.