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 A dream come true Jan. 24, 3:56 p.m. |
Taylor Leach, a two-time first-team All-SEC defender at the University of South Carolina, will continue her ... Klinsmann trims U.S. squad, adds Yedlin for Chile trip Jan. 24, 3:03 p.m.
U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 23-player roster for the friendlies against Chile ... What They're Saying: Tally Hall Jan. 24, 1:05 a.m.
"The league is looking to invest in itself. That's why the DPs are coming in, and ... MLS Trade Central: RSL lands Jamaican Phillips Jan. 24, 12:20 a.m.
Real Salt Lake signed Jamaican defender Demar Phillips, who will be in line to take over ... 2015 MLS Preseason Schedule Jan. 23, 10:41 p.m.
MLS clubs opened camp on Friday. Most of the week will be spent working in-house and ... Herzog takes reins of U.S. U-23s Jan. 23, 3:44 p.m.
Austrian Andreas Herzog, who has been Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant for the last three years, has been ... Video Pick: Red Bull Cahill hits golazo in Asian Cup Jan. 23, 1:51 p.m.
Tim Cahill may be coming off a frustrating season with the New York Red Bulls, but ... What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann Jan. 23, 1:25 p.m.
"Oh, definitely. We can have that anytime. No problem at all. He [sent] me a note, ... Columbus Crew signs Argentine vet Grana Jan. 23, 1:07 p.m.
The Columbus Crew has bolstered its backline by signing 29-year-old Argentine Hernan Grana, whose seven-club career ... Omar Gonzalez isn't worried about U.S. pecking order Jan. 23, 11:19 a.m.
Normally, Omar Gonzalez would have been up the road at the national team training camp in ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives