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2024 Concacaf: U.S. Futsal's World Cup Pursuit

 2024 Concacaf: U.S. Futsal's World Cup Pursuit

The U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team
The U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team

The U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team is set to compete in Group C against Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala at the forthcoming 2024 Concacaf Futsal Championship, scheduled for April 13-20 at Polideportivo Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. Securing a spot in the tournament semifinals is crucial, as the top four teams will earn qualification for the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup, taking place from Sept. 14 to Oct. 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Coach Hewerton Moreira acknowledges the strength of the group but emphasizes the team's preparedness to face any opponent. With some personnel changes, the coach aims to create a cohesive and strong system for the team's performance. The primary goal is securing qualification for the World Cup, and the team is geared up to face the challenges ahead.

After finishing as runners-up in the 2021 Concacaf Championship and securing a place in the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, the U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team aims to qualify for consecutive tournaments, a feat not achieved since 2008. The team, making its seventh appearance at the Concacaf Futsal Championship, aspires to clinch its first confederation title since 2004.

The Group C schedule includes matches against Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, spanning from April 13 to April 15. The draw, held at Concacaf headquarters in Miami, outlines a knockout format from the quarterfinals onwards, leading to the third-place match and the final on April 20 in Managua.

The USA’s draw includes rematches with Guatemala and the Dominican Republic from the 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship knockout stage. These matchups hold significance as the U.S. triumphed over Guatemala in penalty kicks in the semifinals and defeated the Dominican Republic in the quarters to secure its first World Cup berth since 2008.

The 2024 Concacaf Futsal Championship comprises three groups (A, B, and C), with the top two finishers in each group, along with the two best third-place teams, advancing to the quarterfinals. Winners of the quarterfinals secure spots in the Futsal World Cup in Uzbekistan.

Detailed capsules provide insights into the USA’s group opponents—Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic—highlighting previous encounters, records, and their significance in the context of World Cup qualifying history.

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