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What's at stake on Saturday night
by Paul Kennedy, October 9th, 2009 6:45AM
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[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING] All three of Concacaf's direct berths in the 2010 World Cup finals could be claimed on Saturday night, or all three could remain up for grabs until Wednesday. The USA or Mexico alone can claim a ticket to South Africa. But if Honduras clinches on Saturday, that means the USA will be celebrating along with the Catrachos at the Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula. Here's what's at stake on Saturday ...

For the USA:

It will clinch one of the top three spots in the Hexagonal on Saturday if it ...

(1) Beats Honduras;
(2) Ties Honduras and Costa Rica doesn't beat Trinidad & Tobago; or
(3) Loses to Honduras and Costa Rica loses to Trinidad & Tobago.

For Mexico:

It will clinch one of the top three spots in the Hexagonal on Saturday if it ...

(1) Beats El Salvador;
(2) Ties El Salvador and Costa Rica loses to Trinidad & Tobago.

For Honduras:

It will clinch one of the top three spots in the Hexagonal on Saturday if it ...

(1) Beats the USA and Costa Rica loses to Trinidad & Tobago.

Note: Regardless of the results on Saturday, the USA qualifies if it beats or ties Costa Rica on Wednesday night.

USA 8 5 1 2 14 9 16
Mexico 8 5 0 3 12 9 15
Honduras 8 4 1 3 14 8 13
Costa Rica 8 4 0 4 9 13 12
El Salvador 8 2 2 4 8 10 8
Trin. & Tobago 8 1 2 5 8 16 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.)

October 10
Mexico-El Salvador
Costa Rica-Trin. & Tobago
October 14
El Salvador-Honduras
Trin. & Tobago-Mexico
USA-Costa Rica


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