CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying roundup

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:22 AM by Shane Barrow

The opening two matches from the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018 are in the books.  The top two finishers from each of the three groupings will advance to the six team hexagonal round where the top three earn their World Cup place.  Of the twelve teams only Mexico and Costa Rica made it through the operners claiming two victories.  Let's have a look at all three groups after two games.

Group A --
Mexico 6 points +5
Canada 4 points +1
El Salvador 1 point -3
Honduras 0 points -3

A Corona volley in Honduras gives El Tri control of the group with wins in their opening two including their most difficult road match.  As expected the other three fighting for only one place in the hex.  Honduras might be in such a hole they cannot get out. The darlings of Brazil 2014 look to be crashing out even before the hex.  The door is wide open for Canada to walk right through after they grabbed four points in two.  They must deal with a desperate Honduras squad in a home and home next.  Earn a split and Canada will be on their way to the hex.

Group B --
Costa Rica 6 points +2
Panama 3 points +1
Jamaica 3 points -1
Haiti  0 points -2

Costa Rica with the dream start after claiming a massive win in Panama Tuesday.  They are in complete control of the group with both Panama and Jamaica already having suffered a home loss.  Panama and Jamaica are basically set for a home and home battle for a place in the hex.  The final wildcard in the mix is who will end up dropping points to Haiti.  I don't expect Haiti to lose all six.

Group C --
United States 4 points +5
Trinidad 4 points +1
Guatemala  3 points +3
St. Vincent 0 points -9

The United States and Trinidad control the group after a scoreless draw in Trinidad Tuesday night.  Trinidad's win in Guatemala really has them in a nice place in this group.  Sweep the home and home with St Vincent and they are on their way to qualifying for the hex.  Klinsmann will take the road point and move on. Grab a result in Guatemala and that will probably be enough with two home matches still on the schedule.  Guatemala pulled themselves back into the group with the win over St Vincent.  They'll need to grab a result on home soil against the visiting Americans to have a chance to get into the top two though.