Concacaf Nations League draw results: USMNT get El Salvador and Grenada for World Cup preparations –

The Concacaf Nations League draw on Monday will serve dual importance for teams that are heading to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The group stage will serve as qualifying rounds for the Gold Cup, as the top teams in each group in Leagues A will head to the biennial championship tournament. But more importantly, the June fixtures in the Nations League group stage will be used as an opportunity to test rosters in competitive matches since there are only a couple of international windows between now and Qatar in November.At the moment, the United States, Canada and Mexico have already booked their tickets to Qatar while Costa Rica will hope to join them as they have a looming playoff with New Zealand on June 13 that will decide the final spot in Group E. Based on results from last edition, El Salvador, Grenada, Jamaica and Suriname were all promoted into League A of the Nations League with the traditional Concacaf powers. Monday’s draw was kind to the United States.The results are as follows:League AGroup A: Mexico, Jamaica, Suriname Group B: Costa Rica, Panama, MartiniqueGroup C: Canada, Honduras, CuraçaoGroup D: United States, El Salvador, Grenada  League BGroup A: Cuba, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados Group B: Haiti, Bermuda, Guyana, Monserrat Group C: Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, BahamasGroup D: Guatemala, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, BelizeLeague CGroup A: Bonaire, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten Group B: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Saint Martin Group C: Saint Lucia, Dominica, Anguilla Group D: Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, British Virgin IslandsWhile Costa Rica has been drawn into the most balanced group, the United States will face two teams that are newly promoted to Group A in El Salvador and Grenada. For the U.S., it would be beneficial if the away leg at El Salvador came first to offer more of a test. Mexico landed Jamaica and Canada got Honduras in their respective groups, with the Reggae Boyz and Los Catrachos looking to ensure qualification for the Gold Cup following a disappointing World Cup qualifying cycle. Listen below and follow In Soccer We Trust: A CBS Sports Soccer Podcast where three times a week your three favorite former USMNT players cover everything you could possibly want to know about the beautiful game in the United States.The winners and runners-up of League A along with the winners of League B will automatically qualify for the 2023 Gold Cup. The second placed teams in League B and the winners of League C groups will then enter a playoff for the final spots in the 2023 Gold Cup.The United States will look to retain their title in a tournament that could prove to be formative for the players. Gio Reyna spoke about his hopes that the United States can defend their status as kings of Concacaf as their final victory over Mexico helped spark their run to qualify for the World Cup. 

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