Tonight is the last round of the Hex to determine which teams from CONCACAF automatically qualify for the World Cup Finals in Brazil. The U.S. and Costa Rica are already in, so that only leaves one more automatic spot. Unless something dramatic happens tonight in Costa Rica, that appears to be Honduras. Honduras currently sits three points clear of Mexico and seemingly has the easier game — they travel to Jamaica who will be trotting out a young team in preparations for the next major tournament.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, will be playing their regulars as they host Mexico. Mexico is three points clear of Panama, who is hosting a rotated U.S. squad, but if Panama beats the U.S. badly, depending on the score of the Costa Rica – Mexico match, anything can happen. Here is the current table heading into the last match:
The most obvious result is that USA, Costa Rica, and Honduras automatically qualify while Mexico has to play in through the playoff against New Zealand. While there are many US fans who are glad of Mexico’s struggles, I for one want to see them in Brazil. Their difficulties in qualification do suggest that CONCACAF has gotten stronger, but it would be a shame if our historically strongest team were missing in Brazil. That doesn’t seem to bode well for CONCACAF going forward.
The US game and the Honduras game will be aired on beIN Sport and beIN Sport Esp. The Mexico game will be on Telemundo. All games kickoff at 8:30 pm tonight.