We've had threads discussing the EURO 2020 (played in 2021), Copa America, Olympic soccer, and the Gold Cup. So let's continue the tradition and discuss our region's FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which are about to start. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled matches for September and October in the "Octagonal" round-robin tournament to decide 2022 Qatar World Cup berths. There are 8 nations. The USA (current Gold Cup and Nations League champions, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama and Honduras. The top three finishers advance to Qatar while the fourth-place squad has a playoff next June to decide another berth. Each team will play 14 matches, seven home and seven away, over windows in September, October and November 2021 and January and March 2022. The USA will open at San Salvador on September 2, then return home to face Canada at Nashville on September 5 and then travel to Honduras on September 8. The following month, the Americans will play Jamaica at Austin, Texas, on October 7, at Panama on October 10 and against Costa Rica at Columbus, Ohio, on October 13. Here is the schedule for the upcoming windows: September-October qualifying matches (home team listed first): Sept. 2: Canada v. Honduras, El Salvador v. USA, Panama v. Costa Rica, Mexico v. Jamaica Sept. 5: USA v. Canada, El Salvador v. Honduras, Costa Rica v. Mexico, Jamaica v. Panama Sept. 8: Canada v. El Salvador, Honduras v. USA, Panama v. Mexico, Costa Rica v. Jamaica Oct. 7: Mexico v. Canada, Honduras v. Costa Rica, El Salvador v. Panama, USA v. Jamaica Oct. 10: Jamaica v. Canada, Mexico v. Honduras, Costa Rica v. El Salvador, Panama v. USA Oct. 13: Canada v. Panama, Honduras v. Jamaica, El Salvador v. Mexico, USA v. Costa Rica -------------- So, my friends, let's discuss the teams, the games, and the expectations. I have high hopes for the United States. We failed to qualify last time, but this time I'm quite optimistic that we'll make it. Now we have youth, depth, talent... and many of our starters are playing for good European clubs. Go USA!