Two of CONCACAF’s 3.5 spots in Russia next summer are claimed, and the race is on Tuesday at 8pm EST for that final automatic place and a date with either Australia or Syria in a last-chance playoff for finishing fourth. Costa Rica and Mexico are in for sure.
USA, on the other hand, knows a draw will most likely be good enough to leave Trinidad & Tobago with a World Cup ticket in hand, so any sort of clean sheet for USA would be enough to book a spot in Russia. However, as the U.S. Men’s National Team looks to brush T&T aside to earn the third qualifying spot two more matches with implications for that crucial fourth place position will go down -- Panama and Honduras each sit at ten points in a tie for fourth place. Panama holds the advantage thanks to their -2 goal difference, compared to Honduras’s -7. They both sit a pair of points behind the third place Americans. They each face difficult home challenges as they wrap up their qualifying campaign, with a fourth, or even third, place finish still in sight.
Tuesday's final World Cup Qualifying matches
- CONCACAF WCQ: Trinidad & Tobago-USA 8 pm
- CONCACAF WCQ: Honduras-Mexico 8 pm
- CONCACAF WCQ: Panama-Costa Rica 8 pm