USA begins World Cup qualifying in November

Concacaf will hold its qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Miami's W Hotel South Beach. First-round play begins in March, while the USA, one of six seeds exempt from the first three rounds, will begin play in November.
 
First Round
March 23 – 31, 2015
 
Teams ranked 22 to 35 will be paired in seven home-and-away series.

Teams 22-25:
St. Kitts & Nevis
Belize
Montserrat
Dominica
Barbados
Bermuda
Nicaragua
Turks & Caicos
Curacao
U.S. Virgin Islands
Bahamas
Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
Anguilla

Second Round
June 8 – 16, 2015

Teams ranked 9 to 21 will be paired by seven first-round winners in 10 home-and-away series.

Teams 9-22:
Canada
Cuba
Aruba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Suriname
Guatemala
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Lucia
Grenada
Antigua & Barbuda
Guyana
Puerto Rico

Third Round
August 31 – September 8, 2015
 
Teams ranked 7 and 8 will be joined by 10 second-round winners and paired into six home-and-away series.

Teams 7-8:
Jamaica
Haiti

 
Semifinals
November 7 – 17, 2015
March 21 – 29, 2016
August 29 – September 6, 2016
 
Teams ranked 1 to 6  will joined the six third-round winners and divided into three four-team groups that will play round-robin, home-and-away matches. The group winners and runner-ups will advance to Hexagonal.

Teams 1-6:
Costa Rica
Mexico
USA
Honduras
Panama
Trinidad & Tobago
 
Hexagonal
November 7 – 15, 2016
March 20 – 28, 2017
June 5 – 13, 2017
August 28 – September 5, 2017
October 2 – 10, 2017
 
The semifinal group winners and runner-ups will play round-robin, home-and-away matches.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The fourth-place team will enter a home-and-away playoff against an opponent from a confederation to be determined.

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