The race for South Africa – CONCACAF report

Jozy Altidore

Today is a massive day in World Cup qualifying around the globe, and things are no different here in North and Central America (and yes, the Caribbean, too).

First, a look at the standings tells us that things are tight. How tight? With three matches left, no team is eliminated from contention and no team is assured passage to South Africa next summer.

Tonight might start changing all that.

U.S.A. at Trinidad & Tobago

After nearly dropping points at home to El Salvador on Saturday night in Salt Lake City, the red, white and blue hits the road for a date with the Soca Warriors in Port of Spain tonight.

Jozy Altidore had a hat trick when these two teams met back on April Fooks Day in a 3-0 win for the U.S., but tonight’s match figures to be a bit tougher.

Landon Donovan called in a must win in this report, and really, it’s hard to argue the logic. The U.S. finishes the 10-game run through the group in October with a game at Honduras and a home date with Costa Rica on the final day. A win tonight would put the Americans on 16 points, taking the pressure off the road tie against Honduras, which faces Mexico tonight at the Azteca.

T&T is likely playing for its World Cup life, so you know they’ll be ready.

Honduras at Mexico

“El Tri” is the hottest team in the region right now after whipping Costa Rica, 3-0, on the road Saturday night to vault into third place.

In their current form, it’s hard to imagine Mexico getting anything but an easy win tonight in Mexico City. In addition, they host El Salvador and close at T&T in their final two matches, giving them a fairly smooth road to qualification.

Honduras, on the other hand, faces Mexico on the road tonight, the U.S. at home next and closes at their most bitter rivals, El Salvador. Nothing easy there.

Costa Rica at El Salvador

After that 3-0 thrashing at the Saprissa, Costa Rica will try to pick up the pieces tonight at El Salvador.

A struggling team against one that surely needs three points to keep its qualifying hopes alive?

Sounds like fun.


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