On Wednesday, the opening matches of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) took place. Playing in the final round know as the “Hexagon” the final six National Teams from CONCACAF are competing for three World Cup spots.
Following Wednesday’s shocking results, it’s fair game for Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States. The only team who has an advantage following the opening matches is Honduras.
Down 1-0 to United States courtesy of a Clint Dempsey goal in 36th minute, Honduras rallied for a 2-1 victory in Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. Goals from Juan Garcia and Jerry Bengtson enabled los Catrachos to take all three points.
With a record of 11-7-5, USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is endanger of being branded as the coach who didn’t lead the USMNT to the World World Cup for the first time since 1986. Currently in last place overall, the Yanks need to rally and win their next game. Fortunately for them, there’s still plenty of soccer to be played for the United States.
In the second match of the CONCACAF WCQ, Costa Rica rallied from two goals down to tie Panama 2-2. Playing at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, the Ticos comeback to stun favored Los Canaleros is definitely an upset.
In a match where many considered Mexico would win over Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz stunned El Tri at Azteca Stadium as they battled to a scoreless draw. With a phenomenal record 68-1-6 in qualifiers at Azteca, Mexico inability to produce a win drew a chorus of boos from their fans. Where they booing out of anger or in fear that the ghost of mediocrity has returned in the worst possible moment?
Second matches will take place on March 22nd where Mexico travels to Honduras, Jamaica host Panama, and the United States hosts Costa Rica. With each match so critical, it’ll be interesting to see how every team responds and who will be on top of the standings following the March 22nd matches.