CONCACAF WCQ: Mexico and Costa Rica in, USA controls own destiny

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

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Standings (as of 10.9.17)

CONCACAF World Cup Standings