Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Mexico faces the unthinkable, Honduras eyes clincher
by Paul Kennedy, October 11th, 2013 1:01AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[HEXAGONAL COUNTDOWN] It should be a full day of viewing for any serious Hexagonal fan.

Sandwiched around the USA-Jamaica match will be Honduras-Costa Rica, another afternoon game in the heat of San Pedro Sula, and the big match of the day, Mexico-Panama in Mexico City, where El Tri faces the unthinkable.

If it doesn't beat the Canaleros, Mexico will finish the Hex without a win at Azteca Stadium and find itself on the verge of elimination from the World Cup.

Victor Manuel Vucetich, who will make his debut as Mexico coach, is known as "El Re Midas," but he has only 90 minutes to show he has the Midas touch.

Former New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez, who has not played a competitive match for Mexico since 2011, should get the start in the middle of the backline, and three naturalized Argentines -- Lucas Lobos, Christian Gimenez and Damian Alvarez-- have been called in, prompting Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes to wonder out loud whether the Mexico or Argentina national anthem would be played before the game. (Dely Valdes later apologized.)

Mexico is favored, but Panama has had El Tri's number this year, winning 2-1 twice at the Gold Cup and holding Mexico to a 0-0 tie in Panama City.

Seven current or former MLS players are in the Honduras team that will clinch its second straight berth in the World Cup finals if it beats the Ticos and Mexico-Panama ends in a tie.

The Catrachos have called in five MLS players -- Johny Leveron(Vancouver), Victor Bernardez (San Jose), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston), Marvin Chavez (San Jose) and Jerry Bengtson (New England) and two former MLS players -- Roger Espinoza (now at Wigan) and Andy Najar(Anderlecht).

The game will be played in the afternoon heat of San Pedro Sula, where the Catrachos routed Canada, 8-1, a year ago to clinch a berth in the Hexagonal and they then opened the final round of qualifying with a 2-1 win over the USA. The forecast for Friday: 91 degrees.

Hexagonal Schedule:
Oct. 11
USA-Jamaica
Mexico-Panama
Honduras-Costa Rica
Oct. 15
Panama-USA
Jamaica-Honduras
Costa Rica-Mexico

Hexagonal Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
16 USA 5-1-2 10/6
15 Costa Rica 4-3-1 12/6
11 Honduras 3-2-3 10/10
8 Mexico 1-5-2 4/6
8 Panama 1-5-2 7/9
4 Jamaica 0-4-4 3/9


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Soares and Stanko switch leagues    
Americans A.J. Soares and Caleb Stanko have moved to clubs in Denmark and Liechtenstein. Soares, a ...
MLS Power Rankings: Galaxy takes third, Red Bulls now fifth    
Leader FC Dallas played a 1-1 tie with No. 2 Colorado that kept those teams in ...
TV Report: MLS up 32 percent on ESPN and ESPN2    
MLS is averaging 312,000 viewers on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2016, up 32 percent from the ...
MLS Moves: Schmid's run in Seattle is over    
Sigi Schmid, the only coach the Seattle Sounders have ever had in their eight MLS seasons, ...
Video Pick: Sakho sent home after Alcatraz visit    
Here's the GoPro video of Liverpool's Alcatraz tour filmed by Mamadou Sakho before Coach Jurgen Klopp ...
MLS Injury Report: Timbers' Borchers out for season    
Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers will miss the rest of the 2016 season with a ruptured ...
TV Report: MLS All-Star Game will air in Cuba    
The MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast for the first time in Cuba. MLS reached an ...
Crowd Count: MLS chases 2015 attendance record    
At the All-Star break, MLS clubs are averaging 21,429 fans a game, almost unchanged (down 0.6 ...
What They're Saying: Chinese soccer fan Netizen Liu Ningning    
"I don't mind spending money on the ticket, I don't have to watch the game, but ...
What They're Saying: Bill Edwards    
"As [head coach] Stuart [Campbell] said after the match, the officiating was disgusting. It was the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives