CONCACAF WCQ: Snow Problem for USMNT, Honduras Sizzles While Mexico Fizzles • Latino Sports


CONCACAF WCQ: Snow Problem for USMNT, Honduras Sizzles While Mexico Fizzles




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The CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) continues to be off to an amazingly bizarre start. Friday’s WCQ matches was amazing where after the snow was cleared, the USMNT is now in second place of the Hexagonal table,followed by Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Leading the Hex is none other than Honduras who against Mexico rallied from two goals down. Despite Chicharito’s marvelous two-goal performance, los Catrachos rallied with two goals of their own in the final thirteen minutes of the match.

Former Houston Dynamo striker Carlo Costly and current New England Revolution Designated Player Jerry Bengtson were the heroes for Honduras. Despite playing in 100 degrees Fahrenheit and down early by two goals, los Catrachos grit and ability to defend their pitch over at San Pedro Sula has given them a better position than Mexico.

For the second consecutive match, El Tri suffered another draw and will face the United States on Tuesday at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. With the expectations set so high for this young Mexican squad, questions will erupt whether or not they have the ability to handle the pressure.

Over at Kingston, Panama, a team considered by many as the weakest team in the Hex they battled back for a 1-1 draw against Jamaica.

For the United States, they needed in a win or they were in serious jeopardy as many of their supporters wondered if they would qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In front a sellout crowd of 19,374 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, their questions were answered.

With the match being played under blizzard-like conditions, all it took was a Clint Dempsey goal in the 16th minute and solid defending to give the USMNT a much needed 1-0 win over Costa Rica. With the win, the USA (1-1-0, 3 points) moved into second place in the Hexagonal, one point behind Honduras (1-0-1, 4 points).

As a result, the USMNT improved its WCQ unbeaten streak at home to 23 games (21-0-2) and 42-6-12 all-time in home qualifying matches. Up next… Mexico.


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