Printed on 14 Dec 2022 2:19 pm (UK Time)
Though the 2022 version of the FIFA World Cup continues to be in progress, planning for the subsequent version of the match is already nicely underway, as three nations will host collectively for the primary time within the competitors’s historical past.
USA, Canada and Mexico triumphed of their bid for the match which is able to see 48 groups competing versus the usual 32.
Will probably be Canada’s first time as host, USA’s second and Mexico’s third.
As all three nations will safe computerized qualification, it eliminates them from the arduous means of preventing their approach into the competitors – with the North and Central America and Caribbean qualifying schedule deemed to be probably the most difficult.
USA have been the one workforce of the three to come back out of the group stage in Qatar, with Canada ending backside of their group and Mexico lacking out by a marginal aim distinction. The States then went on to endure a 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands within the final 16.
The three groups now have nearly 4 years to strengthen their squads and study from their errors with a purpose to progress additional on their very own soil.
Gregg Berhalter’s aspect had a comparatively muted World Cup in Qatar after a mound of expectation was placed on them to carry out nicely within the match. One win towards Iran and a draw towards each England and Wales noticed them end second in Group B, with a powerful Netherlands aspect defeating them within the knockout stage.
Regardless of the lacklustre performances, there have been some key gamers that stood out as being of significant significance to the squad. The apparent title is Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea star scored the one aim within the win towards Iran and was a constant chief and creator on the pitch. Maybe the one downfall was his lack of recreation time going into the match, beginning solely three Premier League video games for the Blues this season. He’s, nonetheless, on the radar of a number of different English golf equipment forward of the January switch window, so extra recreation time shall be of big profit to the midfielder, who will nonetheless solely be 27-years-old on the subsequent World Cup.
Antonee Robinson is one other star performer who performed impeccably in the course of the match and shall be one to observe over the approaching years. The Fulham left-back starred in each minute of the 4 video games and solely conceded 4 targets with out receiving a single yellow card. His Fulham teammate Tim Ream was additionally colossal within the coronary heart of defence however, at 35, this can in all probability be his final main match.
Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna is certain to play an important position in 2026 because the teenager was handed solely 55 minutes of play throughout his time in Qatar. Reyna has since admitted that Berhalter suggested the 20-year-old earlier than the match that his recreation time shall be restricted, which in flip precipitated an alleged fall out within the camp.
Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how nicely they will progress, however their ambitions shall be excessive given this squad has loads of time to ripen.
El Tri had a relatively disappointing finish to their 2022 World Cup marketing campaign after ending third of their group behind Argentina and Poland. Regardless of a win towards Saudi Arabia and a draw towards Poland, it was the latter who completed in second with a greater aim distinction of only one.
The Mexican workforce will not be identified for his or her youth, with simply 4 of the 26-man-squad being beneath the age of 25. They did, nonetheless, end second within the CONCACAF qualifying group forward of USA, earlier than dropping 4 friendlies since June. They are a troublesome workforce to dissect, after failing to advance from the group stage since 1978.
Their star striker, Raul Jimenez, clocked solely 59 minutes all through the marketing campaign after returning to the pitch following a groin harm. There is, nonetheless, a definite lack of attacking energy within the squad with solely two targets scored throughout the three group video games.
Feyenoord ahead Santiago Giménez didn’t make the minimize however will definitely be one to observe forward of the subsequent match, with 5 targets in 5 appearances for the Dutch membership this season.
Mexico will now must concentrate on creating their youth, with loads of their current call-ups donning potential. Most of those gamers are dwelling primarily based, however with the suitable teaching and worldwide expertise, they will transform forward of their dwelling match in 2026.
Their coach, Tata Martino, has since left his submit.
The Canadian workforce went into the World Cup in Qatar as underdogs however didn’t dwell as much as the small glimmers of expectation by failing to win any of their three group video games. They did, nonetheless, have some powerful competitors in Morocco, Belgium and 2018 finalists Croatia.
Regardless of having a formidable qualification, ending high of the CONCACAF desk, their efficiency on the match was barely marred by the actual fact they needed to face such problematic opposition.
Their supervisor, John Herdman, has since spoken of how he needs to face more durable rivals forward of the 2026 version with a purpose to acquire extra expertise and to strengthen their aptitude.
Gamers like striker Cyle Larin, who has bagged 25 targets in his 54 appearances for Les Rouges, shall be outstanding within the subsequent few years. Alphonso Davies, too, with the 22-year-old four-time Bundesliga winner showcasing baggage of potential throughout his time in Qatar – fast, defensive and a menace in entrance of aim.
There is large potential within the youthful Canadian squad and the subsequent 4 years will see them mature into the attacking power they are often.