McKennie, Pepi and the USMNT’s biggest winners and losers from the first set of World Cup qualifiers

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The U.S. earned five points from their first three games, putting them in a decent place despite a chaotic week.

For 225 minutes, it didn’t look like there would be many winners from the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup qualifiers.

It began with a drab draw against El Salvador and then a frustrating 1-1 match against Canada that saw the U.S. squander the lead. And then, through 45 minutes, the USMNT found themselves down 1-0 to Honduras with their World Cup qualifying hopes already feeling like they were on the brink.

But things change, sometimes rather quickly.

A four-goal explosion in the second half of Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Honduras was exactly what the U.S. needed to end this international window on a high. It was a win that restored some faith in the process and, more importantly, it’s a win that earned the U.S. a respectable five-point haul from the first week of qualifying.

It’s not the dream start by any means. And, given what the USMNT had to deal with on and off the field, it was a week that was less than ideal. But they survived it. Job done, at least for now.

With that said, here’s a look at the biggest winners and losers for the USMNT from the first set of World Cup qualifiers.


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