Several scenarios possible for U.S. clincher on Day 7
[HEXAGONAL] The USA clinched a berth in the World Cup 2006 finals when its 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, on Day 7 gave it a 5-1-1 record. A road win over
Costa Rica in its next qualifier will give the USA the same record at the same stage as eight years ago -- 5-1-1 after Day 7 -- and it will clinch a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with in
several scenarios, based on the results of the other two Day 7 matches, Mexico-Honduras and Panama-Jamaica.
(A win over Costa Rica would clinch no worse than fourth place -- and a place
in a playoff against New Zealand in November -- no matter what the results are in the other games.)
UPDATED. Even if the USA loses its final three
games to Mexico, Jamaica and Panama and Costa Rica and Honduras beat the last-place Reggae Boyz, the schedule works in the USA's favor to clinch in these scenarios:
-- Mexico-Honduras tie
AND Panama-Jamaica tie or Jamaica win.
(If the USA beats Costa Rica, Jamaica cannot overtake the USA even if it wins its last four places.)
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
13 USA 4-1-1 7/3
11 Costa Rica 3-2-1 8/4
8 Mexico 1-5-0 3/2
6 Panama 1-3-2 5/7
2 Jamaica 0-2-4 2/8
|Recent Soccer America Daily Video Pick: How MLS All-Stars vs. Arsenal came about Feb. 11, 2:04 p.m. |
The best promotional video ever gets underway with Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez, features ... Making a List: MLS players on move to NASL Feb. 11, 4:39 a.m.
Brazilian defender Adailton became the latest former MLS player to sign with an NASL team when ... MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 10) Feb. 11, 3:13 a.m.
The Philadelphia Union signed forward C.J. Sapong to a three-year contract. He led the Union with ... Klinsmann breaks down U.S. goalkeeping situation Feb. 11, 2:31 a.m.
As the USA heads into 2016 with the Copa Centenario and World Cup 2018 qualifying on ... What They're Saying: High schooler Marte Formico Feb. 11, 2:27 a.m.
"It's awesome having Brandi. Someone who has been that caliber of a player, that has been ... What They're Saying: Fiorentina executive Sandro Mencucci Feb. 11, 1:47 a.m.
"In Italy, people love football, but everybody thinks that football is only for men -- they ... MLS Preseason: Training camp and friendly schedules Feb. 11, 1:33 a.m.
The MLS champion Portland Timbers head home after playing Real Salt Lake Thursday morning in their ... USA-Costa Rica Takeaways: USA doesn't mess around Feb. 10, 11:49 p.m.
The USA isn't going to mess around with Olympic women's qualifying. It wasn't the 14-0 rout ... U.S. Abroad: Bedoya does it again for Nantes Feb. 10, 10 p.m.
In France, they call it "la magie de la Coupe" ("cup magic"). CF2 (fifth division) club ... Video Pick: Back-heel Golazo of the Week Feb. 10, 7:45 p.m.
VfL Bochum's Tim Hoogland has his back to SC Freiburg's goal when teammate Timo Perthel unleashes ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives