There is nothing quite like a one-game playoff. The thrill of a win-or-go-home scenario means every play, every decision, every scoring opportunity can have a major impact on who advances, and who watches the next round from their couches back home.
Two San Jose Earthquakes players play in Doha, Qatar this week with an opportunity to punch their ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In addition to the glory and prestige of competing in the world’s biggest sporting event, there is also a handsome financial reward for all countries who qualify and an opportunity for breakout players to make a name for themselves.
Earthquakes defender Marcos Lopez and the Peru National Team will face Australia today, Monday, June 13, at 11 a.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on FS1 and Telemundo in English and Spanish, respectively.
Peru finished fifth in Conmebol, ahead of traditional world powers Colombia and Chile, while Australia is looking to be the fifth team to qualify from the Asian Football Confederation.
Quakes defender Francisco Calvo and Costa Rica will have the same challenge tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14. Los Ticos face New Zealand with the final World Cup spot on the line. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FS2, Telemundo, and Universo.
Costa Rica finished fourth in Concacaf, level on points with third-place USA. New Zealand won the Oceania Football Confederation.