[HEXAGONAL: Matchday 8] Despite the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, the USA's chances of clinching a berth in the World Cup finals in its next game actually tripled. Both the USA and Costa Rica could be celebrating on Tuesday night, Matchday 8 of the Hexagonal.
-- The USA will qualify Tuesday if it beats Mexico in Columbus and Panama doesn't beat Honduras
U.S. Chances: 22.2% (U.S. Chances on Friday: 7.4%)
The earliest any team has ever clinched a berth in the World Cup
finals was in 2005 when the USA's 2-0 win over Mexico -- in Columbus -- sent it through to the finals after Matchday 7 of the Hexagonal. It qualified for the World Cup finals on Matchday 9 on the
three other occasions Concacaf has organized a six-team tournament to determine its three automatic berths in the World Cup finals.
Note: The USA
can't clinch with a tie against Mexico because it will remain only five points ahead of Mexico with two games to play. A tie on Tuesday will require the USA to beat (or possibly tie) Jamaica in Kansas
City to clinch on Oct. 11.
-- Costa Rica qualifies Tuesday if it beats Jamaica in Kingston and Mexico doesn't beat the USA. The Ticos also qualify if they tie Jamaica, Mexico loses to the
USA and Panama doesn't beat Honduras.
Costa Rica Chances: 29.7% (Costa Rica Chances on Friday: 0)
Note: Top three teams clinch berths in the World Cup. The fourth-place team faces New Zealand in a continental playoff.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
14 Costa Rica 4-2-1 11/5
13 USA 4-1-2 8/6
10 Honduras 3-1-3
8 Mexico 1-5-1 4/4
7 Panama 1-4-2 5/7
3 Jamaica 0-3-4 2/8
1. Mexico, qualified on Matchday 9
2. USA, qualified on
3. Jamaica, qualified on Matchday 10
1. Costa Rica, qualified on Matchday 8
2. USA, qualified on Matchday 9
3. Mexico, qualified on
1. USA, qualified on Matchday 7
2. Mexico, qualified on Matchday 8
3. Costa Rica, qualified on Matchday 9
1. USA, qualified on Matchday 9
2. Mexico, qualified on Matchday 9
3. Honduras, qualified on Matchday 10