The United States will return to the tournament after failing to qualify in 2018, while Mexico qualified for the eighth consecutive time.
The United States and Mexico target men’s soccer World Cup in Qatar after their last qualifying matches.
Despite a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica on Wednesday, the US team ranked third overall in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Soccer (CONCACAF), securing its ticket to the highest level event of the sport, which begins in November.
A 5-1 win over Panama on Monday meant the US, who last missed out on the World Cup in 2018 in Russia, only needed to avoid losing by more than six goals to qualify.
“We’re competitors, man. We hate losing. I was frustrated at the time,” player Christian Pulisic said after the match, adding that qualifying took a while to “sink in.”
“This is what I always wanted to be, and right now the emotions are a little crazy,” he added.
Mexico reaches the final
There was also little drama at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Wednesday, when Mexico defeated El Salvador 2-0.
Mexico, which has been through a disappointing qualifying campaign, entered the game in third place overall. To be out of automatic qualification, Mexico would have had to lose to El Salvador and Costa Rica to beat the USA.
Even then, Mexico and Costa Rica would have been tied on 28 points, meaning the results would have had to reduce Mexico’s +7 goal differential enough to give Costa Rica, which had a +7 goal differential. +3 when entering the game, the edge.
The final round of qualifying games came after Canada on Sunday. secured first place in the region with a 4-0 victory over Jamaica, ending a 36-year streak without qualifying for the World Cup.
Costa Rica, who came in fourth place in the eight-country round, will face Oceania region winner New Zealand in a single match in Qatar to determine which team will play in the tournament.
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