We’re almost done and the fates of two National Squads are sealed. One for the better and the other has three more years to regroup and try again.
I am talking about Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.
All the games this week involve World Cup qualifying scenarios. The only team that can qualify this coming Friday is MEXICO. In addition to this, the only team which is out is Trinidad and Tobago since it only has thre points, and there are four more games which would give them a maximum amount of points of 15 (not enough to climb to 4th place and go to the Intercontinental Playoff with Asia).
The Current Standings:
Curtesy from FIFA: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/nccamerica/index.html#276449
The Games are:
Home team first, all games are on September 1st
United States vs Costa Rica, 6:55pm, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras, 8pm Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
If Trinidad and Tobago wins or ties and Mexico wins, Mexico goes to the World Cup
Mexico vs Panama, 8:30pm, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
My Picks for this week are:
United States vs Costa Rica: Tie (1-1)
Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras: Honduras (2-1)
Mexico vs Panama: Mexico (2-0)
- Mexico, 17pts., +9 GD
- Costa Rica, 12 pts., +5 GD
- United States, 9pts., +3 GD
- Honduras, 8pts., -7 GD
- Panama 7 pts., 0 GD
- Trinidad and Tobago, 3pts., -8GD
This is the third to last week and the games are more important because of that. The fate of first place is on the line since Costa Rica hosts Mexico and that has qualification implications, the third and fourth place teams will be likely to be decided this week since there are only two more games and those will be the most important to the United States, Panama, and Honduras.
All Games are September 5th
Honduras vs United States, 5:36 pm, Estadio Olimpico, San Pedro Sula
Loser could be eliminated, next fixture.
Costa Rica vs Mexico, 8:05pm, Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
Panama vs Trinidad and Tobago, 9:05pm, Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Panama could eliminate the loser between Honduras and United States next fixture
Honduras vs United States: Honduras (1-0)
Costa Rica vs Mexico: Tie (1-1)
Mexico Qualifies and Costa Rica is one point away (Plays Honduras next)
Panama vs Trinidad and Tobago: Panama (2-0)
- Q-Mexico 18pts, +9 GD
- Costa Rica 12 pts., +7 GD*
- Honduras 11pts., -7 GD
- Panama 10 pts., +2 GD
- United States 9 pts., +2 GD
- e-Trinidad and Tobago 3 pts., -10 GD**
*= Costa Rica could qualify in Week 9 due to the Goal Differential being +8 or above and that Honduras, Panama and United States the maximum it could get that week is: Honduras 14pts. with a Goal Differential being negative, United States 12 pts. +3 or above Goal Differential and Panama 13 pts. +3 or above Goal Differential.
**= Trinidad and Tobago is eliminated due to having a maximum of 9 points in my scenario