US qualifier on March 24 at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca

Christian Pulisic,Alfredo Mejia
U.S. forward Christian Pulisic (10) controls the ball between Honduras midfielder Alfredo Mejia (8) and defenseman Devron Garcia during the second half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn.
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MIAMI (AP) — Mexico will play its March 24 World Cup qualifier against the United States at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, where the Americans have 12 losses and four draws in qualifying.

The match will start at 8 pm local time (10 pm. EDT), the governing body of North and Central America and Caribbean soccer said Friday.

The United States hosts Panama three days later at Orlando, Florida, and finishes qualifying against Costa Rica at San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 30.

All four matches on the final night will have simultaneous kickoffs at 9:05 pm EDT, CONCACAF said. Honduras is at Jamaica, El Salvador at Mexico and Canada at Panama.

Canada, seeking its first World Cup appearance since 1986, leads North and Central America and the Caribbean with 25 points. The top three nations earn berths for this year’s tournament in Qatar and the fourth-place nation advances to a playoff in June against the Oceania champion, likely New Zealand.

The United States, trying to get back to soccer’s showcase after missing out on 2018, is second with 21 points, ahead of Mexico on goal difference. Panama is fourth with 17 points, followed by Costa Rica with 16 and El Salvador with nine.

Jamaica (seven) and Honduras (three) have been eliminated.

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