El Paso’s Ricardo Pepi: From Recent HS Graduate to USMNT World Cup Savior

El Paso’s Ricardo Pepi: From Recent HS Graduate to USMNT World Cup Savior

Ricardo Pepi #24 of the MLS All-Stars scores in the shootout win against the Liga MX All-Stars during the 2021 MLS All-Star game at Banc of California Stadium on August 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.On September 8, inside Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the U.S. men’s national soccer team appeared headed for yet another meltdown.The World Cup qualifying match felt like a must-win, and the Americans were trailing 0–1 to Honduras at the half. A loss would see the U.S. men’s national team fall far behind in its just-beginning six-month quest to make the 2022 World Cup and, perhaps just as importantly, in its quest to avoid repeating the disaster of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.The team had only been able to earn draws in its previous two games, the first of this year’s World Cup qualifying cycle. Another draw, or worse, a loss, would leave the United States needing to make up…View Original Post

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