September 24, 2022

Needless to say, the group stage the United States Men’s National Team is about to open is not a tune-up for what happens in November. The Concacaf Nations League, where the United States will face the 170th (Granada) and 74th (El Salvador) ranked world team, begins for the Americans on Friday night in Texas, and it will seem a world away from the World Cup, even if Austin’s Q2 stadium is where the United States beat Qatar in the Gold Cup semi-finals last summer.

But that’s part of the preparation that the United States must undertake due to the function of the international calendar, and after a victory against Morocco and a draw against Uruguay, time continues to turn towards the group stage in november.