Three teams qualify automatically. The fourth place team has a playoff. I can’t recall which region it’s against. It used to be Oceania.
Skill-wise this team is very good. Maybe as good in terms of overall team skill as we’ve ever had. The biggest problem is that they’re all very young - all at the same time. Americans tend to be tactically naive at the best of times, and that youth makes it worse.
Costa Rica has a World Cup pedigree as good as ours, but they have the opposite problem - all old at the same time.
I think we’ll definitely qualify in 2022. But 2026 is when we can b