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The USMNT continues its quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup when it takes on El Salvador at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday night.

Columbus has long been a comfortable home venue for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The USMNT has a 8-1-2 record in World Cup qualifiers played in Columbus, including four “Dos a Cero” triumphs over Mexico, the most recent being on Nov. 12.

Thursday’s game will be the first of three (at Canada on Sunday and vs. Honduras on Wednesday) in the next-to-last round of Concacaf qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will be held from Nov. 21-Dec. 18. Conditions likely are going to be frigid for each qualifying game, given Sunday’s game is in Hamilton, Ontario, and then the U.S. hosts Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The USMNT currently sits in second place in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying standings. Canada leads with 16 points, followed by the U.S. with 15. Mexico and Panama are tied with 14 points apiece (though, El Tri gets the tiebreaker due to a better goal differential). Costa Rica sits in fifth place with nine points, followed by Jamaica (7), El Salvador (6) and Honduras (3).

The final round of World Cup qualifiers starts on March 24, when Mexico will host the USMNT. The U.S. then will host Panama in Orlando, Florida, on March 27, and finish qualifying at Costa Rica on March 30.

The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth-place team must compete in an inter-continental playoff.

USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams (4) takes on Costa Rica's Youstin Salas during the last World Cup qualifier played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. The USMNT won that game, 2-1.USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams (4) takes on Costa Rica's Youstin Salas during the last World Cup qualifier played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. The USMNT won that game, 2-1.
USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams (4) takes on Costa Rica’s Youstin Salas during the last World Cup qualifier played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. The USMNT won that game, 2-1.

Here’s everything you need to know for Thursday’s match:

When is the USMNT-El Salvador World Cup qualifier?

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.

How can I watch the USMNT’s World Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador?

ESPN2 will air the game, with streaming available on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. Spanish-language broadcast available on UniMás and TUDN. The game also is available on fuboTV.

Which players are on the USMNT and El Salvador rosters?

USMNT roster

Goalkeepers (4): Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire FC), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/England), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)

Defenders (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/Portugal), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/Spain), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United), Mark McKenzie (Genk/Belgium), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), DeAndre Yedlin (Unattached), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)

Midfielders (7): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/Germany), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution), Weston McKennie (Juventus/Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia/Spain), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

Forwards (8): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/Austria), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/Germany), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/England), Tim Weah (Lille/France), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)

El Salvador roster

Goalkeepers (2): Kevin Carabantes (FAS), Mario González (Alianza)

Defenders (7): Roberto Domínguez (Chalatenango), Alexander Larín (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), Ronald Rodríguez (FC Tulsa/USA), Bryan Tamacas (Alianza), Eduardo Vigil (Firpo), Rómulo Villalobos (Municipal/Guatemala), Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC/Canada)

Midfielders (9): Eric Calvillo (El Paso Locomotive/USA), Darwin Cerén (Houston Dynamo/USA), Enrico Dueñas Hernández (Vitesse/Netherlands), Bryan Landaverde (FAS), Christian Martinez (San Carlos/Costa Rica), Marvin Monterroza (Alianza), Narciso Orellana (Alianza), Kevin Reyes (FAS), Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders/USA)

Forwards (5): Nelson Bonilla (Port/Thailand), Cristian Gil (Metapán), Jairo Henríquez (Aguila), Walmer Martinez (Monterey Bay/USA), Joaquín Rivas (Tulsa Roughnecks/USA)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USMNT vs. El Salvador World Cup qualifier: Live stream and TV info

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