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US Men’s Soccer Team Competes in World Cup after 8-Year Wait

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The US Men’s National Soccer Team will compete at the 2022 FIFA World Cup after an eight-year wait following their 2-0 win against Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica for the team’s 14th and final match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

“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 top three teams in CONCACAF automatically qualify for the World Cup, so the US team already secured its ticket by Wednesday night. The fourth-place team will compete in an intercontinental playoff against Oceania’s qualifying tournament.

The US is positioned third after Canada and Mexico. Costa Rica finished fourth.

This is the USMNT’s first World Cup since 2014. The team did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup after finishing fifth in the CONCACAF.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar and is scheduled for November 21 through December 18.