World Cup 2018 qualifying in the Concacaf zone resumes with six home-and-home series in the second of three double dates spread over 10 months. Besides the USA-Guatemala series, Canada can solidify
its chances of reaching the Hexagonal for the first time since 1997 if gets a result in one of its two games against Mexico. The other series to watch: Costa Rica-Jamaica.
crowd of more than 50,000 at Vancouver's B.C. Place is expected for Friday's Canada-Mexico game. Canada has opened with a 1-0 win over Honduras at home and 0-0 tie at El Salvador. Just four MLS
players -- Tesho Akindele
(FC Dallas), Will Johnson
(Toronto FC), Cyle Larin
(Orlando City SC) and Karl Ouimette
(New York Red Bulls) -- are in the Canada squad that
includes players based in 12 different countries.
The Costa Rica-Jamaica series will be an MLS reunion with 13 MLS players between the two teams -- eight for the Reggae Boyz and five for
the Ticos, including first-year players Cristian Bolanos
(Vancouver Whitecaps) and Ronald Matarrita
(New York City FC).
Group B is the most balanced of the three groups with
Jamaica, the 2015 Gold Cup runner-up, Panama, third, and Costa Rica and Haiti, quarterfinalists, all at the same tournament. Jamaica dug a hole for itself when it opened play in November with a 2-0
loss to Panama in Kingston. GROUP A
Canada 1 Honduras 0.
Mexico 3 El Salvador 0.
Goals: Guardado 7, H.Herrera 42, Vela 64.
Nov. 17 Honduras 0 Mexico 2.
Goals: Corona 67, Damm 72. El Salvador
0 Canada 0.
Mexico 6 points; Canada 4; El Salvador 1, Honduras 0. Schedule: March 25
Salvador vs. Honduras
Canada vs. Mexico March 29
Honduras vs. El Salvador
Mexico vs. Canada Sept. 2
El Salvador vs. Mexico
Canada Sept. 6
Mexico vs. Honduras
Canada vs. El Salvador GROUP B
Costa Rica 1 Haiti 0.
Goal: Gamboa 29.
Jamaica 0 Panama 2.
Goals: Cooper 43, own goal 52.
17 Haiti 0 Jamaica 1.
Goal: Donaldson 62.
Panama 1 Costa Rica 2.
Goals: Tejada 72; Ruiz 66, Urena 69. Standings:
Costa Rica 6 points; Panama, Jamaica
3; Haiti 0. Schedule: March 25
Jamaica vs. Costa Rica
Haiti vs. Panama March 29
Costa Rica vs. Jamaica Sept. 2
Haiti vs. Costa Rica
Panama vs. Jamaica Sept. 6
Costa Rica vs. Panama
Jamaica vs. Haiti
GROUP C Results:
USA 6 St. Vincent &
Goals: Goals: Wood 11, Johnson 29, Altidore 31, 74, Cameron 51, Zardes 58; Anderson 5.
Guatemala 1 Trin. & Tobago 2.
Goals: Mejia 90; Hyland 67, K.Jones
Nov. 17 Trin. & Tobago 0 USA 0.
St. Vincent & Gren. 0 Guatemala 4.
Goals: Cincotta 23, M.Lopez 32, D.Lopez 48, Tinoco 81.
USA, Trin, & Tobago 4 points; Guatemala 3; St. Vincent & Gren. 0. Schedule: March 25
& Gren. vs. Trin. & Tobago
Guatemala vs. USA March 29
Trin. & Tobago vs. St. Vincent & Gren.
USA vs. Guatemala Sept. 2
& Gren. vs. USA
Trin. & Tobago vs. Guatemala Sept. 6
USA vs. Trin. & Tobago
Guatemala vs. St. Vincent & Gren.