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After an eight-year wait, the US Men’s National Soccer Team has secured a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup following its 2-0 win against Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The match was the team’s 14th and final match of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
“I’m extremely proud of this group,” US player Christian Pulisic said. “It’s a bit of a weird feeling right now because I hate to lose so much, but I’m really proud, and I can’t wait to go to the World Cup.”
The US already knew it would qualify by Wednesday night as the top three teams in CONCACAF automatically qualify for the World Cup. The fourth-place team will compete in an intercontinental playoff against Oceania’s qualifying tournament.
The US is in third place, following Canada and Mexico. Costa Rica finished fourth.
This will be the first time that the USMNT has qualified for the World Cup since 2014. The team did not qualify in 2018 after finishing fifth in the qualifying match in CONCACAF.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar and is scheduled for November 21 through December 18.
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