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Costa Rica cracks first
by Paul Kennedy, September 6th, 2009 7AM



[HEXAGONAL] With young Giovani dos Santos in brilliant form for Mexico (one goal set up by Cuauhtemoc Blanco and two assists), the Tri beat Costa Rica, 3-0, in San Jose and dropped the Ticos, the first of the top four Hexagonal contenders to concede even one point at home, from first to fourth place in the Concacaf World Cup 2010 qualifying group.

Honduras moved into first place, ahead of the USA on goal difference, thanks to a 4-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago left the Soca Warriors tied for last place with El Salvador.

Sept. 5
(Dempsey 41, Altidore 45) El Salvador 1 (Castillo 32)
Honduras 4 (Pavon 19, 27, Guevara 61, Suazo 83) Trinidad & Tobago 1 (Baptiste 85).
Costa Rica 0 Mexico 3 (Dos Santos 45, Franco 62).

Honduras 7 4 1 2 14 7 13
USA 7 4 1 2 13 9 13
Mexico 7 4 0 3 11 9 12
Costa Rica 7 4 0 3 9 12 12
El Salvador 7 1 2 4 7 10 5
Trin. & Tobago 7 1 2 4 8 15 5
(The top three teams advance to World Cup 2010; the fourth-place team faces the fifth-place team from South America in a playoff.)

September 9
Trin. & Tobago-United States
El Salvador-Costa Rica
October 10
Honduras-United States
Mexico-El Salvador
Costa Rica-Trin. & Tobago
October 14
El Salvador-Honduras
Trin. & Tobago-Mexico
United States-Costa Rica


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