The United States secured their spot in the 2024 Copa America after advancing to the semifinals of the 2023/24 Concacaf Nations League, despite losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago. The 3-0 victory in the first leg of the quarterfinals ensured their qualification. Sergiño Dest, the American full-back, was unusually sent off after an incident with the referee.
Despite Trinidad and Tobago’s comeback in the second half with goals from Reon Moore and Alvin Jones, the score was not enough to overcome the American advantage. This will be the United States’ fifth participation in the Copa America, with their last appearance in 2016, where they were eliminated in the semifinals by Argentina.
The 2024 Copa America will feature the 10 Conmebol-affiliated countries, along with six teams from Central and North America. The top four teams from the Concacaf Nations League secure their spots, while the four losing teams in the quarterfinals enter a playoff, where Panama has already qualified by defeating Costa Rica.
For Mexico, which lost 2-0 to Honduras in the first leg, the task remains to win by a three-goal margin in the return leg to qualify, with the away goals rule as the tiebreaker. The playoffs for the last two qualifiers for the Copa America will take place in March next year in Dallas, United States.
The playoff matchups are:
Loser of Honduras/Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Loser of Canada/Jamaica
The draw for the Copa America 2024 groups will take place in Miami, United States, on December 7. The tournament is scheduled to be held from June 20 to July 14 next year.
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