September 9, 2015
THE SCHEDULE IS SET
USMNT to face St. Vincent in 1st qualifier in St. Louis Nov. 13
CHICAGO - The U.S. national team's opponents are set for Group C in CONCACAF's semifinal round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
The U.S. will face St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala in a six-game round-robin format, facing each opponent twice, once at home and once away.
With aggregate-score victories in the third round of qualifying, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Guatemala clinched a berth into Group C. Trinidad & Tobago was already drawn into Group C with the United States during the preliminary draw for World Cup qualifying in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25.
The USA's first meeting against St. Vincent & The Grenadines will kick off its World Cup Qualifying campaign. The opening match will take place on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
The next matches in the semifinal round will be played in 2016. The U.S. will face Guatemala away on March 25 before the return leg at home on March 29. Five months later, the U.S. will finish the semifinal round with matches against St. Vincent & The Grenadines away on Sept. 2 and then host Trinidad & Tobago at a yet to be determined location on Sept. 6.
Group A and Group B also were set. Group A is composed of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Canada, while Group B features Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti and Jamaica.
The group winner and group runner-up from each group will advance to final round of qualifying, otherwise known as the Hexagonal. The six teams face each other in a home-and-away round-robin format, with the top three teams advancing to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The fourth-place team moves on to play a home-and-away intercontinental playoff against a team from the Asian Football Confederation.
The USA has finished first in the Hexagonal during the past three World Cup cycles.
The U.S. holds an all-time record of 16-2-3 against Trinidad & Tobago and swept the pair of matchups when the teams last met in World Cup qualifying in 2009. The MNT cruised past Guatemala 4-0 in July when the teams faced off in a Gold Cup tune-up, and is unbeaten against the Central American team in twelve World Cup Qualifying matchups.
The USA schedule
Nov. 13 St. Vincent & The Grenadines Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 17 Trinidad & Tobago Away (TBD)
March 25 Guatemala Away (TBD)
March 29 Guatemala Home (TBD)
Sept. 2 St. Vincent & The Grenadines Away (TBD)
Sept. 6 Trinidad & Tobago Home (TBD)