Wednesday, December 8

USMNT vs. El Salvador: Time, TV Channel, Broadcast for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier

The last time the US men’s national team was involved in the final round of regional qualification for the CONCACAF World Cup, it did not win a single away game, scoring just three points out of a possible 15 away. home. Ultimately, he missed the 2018 World Cup. The USMNT will hope to change that trend when it opens qualification for the 2022 World Cup in El Salvador.

Arguably, the game on September 2 will be one of the USA’s best chances for an away win against a team that is among the two worst-ranked in the final eight-team qualifying round: El Salvador is in 64th and the US (No. 10) has an all-time 18-1-5 record against them. But nothing is easy in the CONCACAF qualifier and the United States will be left without their star player (Christian Pulisic) and their starting goalkeeper (Zack Steffen). Pulisic is regaining his fitness after a long break triggered by a positive COVID-19 test, while Steffen has back spasms.

El Salvador has had to endure tough times in recent years: the nation has not reached the final stage of qualification in 12 years and has not reached a World Cup since 1982, lowering the pecking order in CONCACAF. region. But US coach Hugo Pérez, who played 73 games with the USMNT in the 80s and 90s, has revived the program and showed himself in the recently concluded Gold Cup, where El Salvador advanced to the quarterfinals and gave Mexico a scare. in the group. stage.

LOOK: USMNT vs. El Salvador on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The memory of the USMNT’s failure at the 2018 World Cup is slowly fading thanks to the two trophies the United States won over the summer against Mexico: the Nations League and the Gold Cup. But the head coach of the US team Gregg Berhalter has already pointed out that those titles will mean little without qualifying for Qatar 2022. A win in El Salvador, where the United States is undefeated in three qualifying visits (1-0-2), would help continue. to distance this young and renewed USMNT from the team that fell short in the rankings last time.

How to watch: United States vs. The Savior

  • Date: Thursday September 2
  • Weather: 10:05 pm ET
  • Television channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
  • Spanish television: Universe
  • Stream: fuboTV, Paramount +, Telemundo Deportes app

The USMNT will play its first of 14 qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup at the Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador in front of an expected 29,000 fans. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network (English) and Universo (Spanish) in the US.

Both CBSSN and Universo are broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).

USA vs. El Salvador: projected lineup

Berhalter revealed that Pulisic and Steffen did not travel with the team. He confirmed that it will be New England goalie Matt Turner taking Steffen’s place between the posts. Form wingers Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg) and Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille) would likely compete for Pulisic’s place in the starting lineup.

With a big home game against Canada on Sunday and a tough road trip to Honduras on Wednesday still available, Berhalter will employ some degree of player turnover with his 25-man roster. Here’s a stab from an XI projected for the match:

USMNT Projected Lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Matt Turner-GK – Antonee Robinson, Walker Zimmerman, John Brooks, Sergino Dest – Sebastian Lletget, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie – Brenden Aaronson, Josh Sargent, Gio Reyna

USMNT Grants (12): Ethan Horvath-GK, George Bello, Tim Ream, Mark McKenzie, Miles Robinson, James Sands, DeAndre Yedlin, Kellyn Acosta, Cristian Roldan, Konrad de la Fuente, Jordan Pefok, Ricardo Pepi

El Salvador coach Hugo Pérez will have eight players available for the national team who practice their trade in the US or Canada, including Pérez’s nephew Joshua Pérez and Alex Roldan, who could face his brother and teammate. Seattle Sounders team member Cristian Roldan, a dual-national player and regular call-up for the USMNT. Alex Roldan will likely start as a right back or midfield for the Cuscatlecos.

Houston Dynamo central midfielder Darwin Ceren is questionable to start the game while recovering from a knee injury. Here’s a projected lineup that leaves Ceren out:

El Salvador projected lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Kevin Carabantes-GK – Alexander Larin, Ronald Gomez, Eriq Zavaleta, Bryan Tamacas – Marvin Monterrosa, Narciso Orellana, Alex Roldan – Jairo Henriquez, Joaquin Rivas, Joshua Perez

United States vs. El Salvador: Odds and Prediction

El Salvador does not have a reputation for being a high-scoring team, but this new image of El Salvador has shown that it can create opportunities. The Cuscatlecos’ recent run of good performances and the excitement of hosting a final qualifying round could see them celebrate at least one goal against the typically tight Americans (the odds of both teams scoring are +155 or +225 without a draw) .

Even if El Salvador doesn’t score, they should find a way to keep the game close, especially at home. Putting together a 7-3-3 record so far in 2021, the team’s three losses have never come by more than one goal. He showed that he can keep things tight in the games against Mexico and Costa Rica. El Salvador’s +1.25 Asian handicap is priced at +100 in DraftKings with the +1.5 handicap of -130. Even American Berhalter hopes the game will be decided by narrow margins.

“Most of these [qualifying] matches, very little is going to decide the outcome of the match ”, he told the media the day before the match,“ and we feel that we can beat anyone in the same way that we can also lose with everyone ”.

Prediction: El Salvador 1, USA 2

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  • El Salvador to Win: +750
  • Draw: +400
  • USA to win: -310
  • Both teams will score: +155
  • Both teams will score (no tie): +225
  • 1st half draw: +125
  • More than 2.5 goals in total Asian: -105
  • El Salvador +1.25 Asian Handicap: +100
  • El Salvador +1.5 Asian Handicap: -130

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