Hex Files: Battles of Colombians, T&T trouble

USA-Mexico will be only one of three games on the opening day of the Hexagonal. Honduras-Panama and Trinidad & Tobago-Costa Rica also are on tap. The former game is a battle of Colombian coaching giants. In the latter, T&T is at home but facing all sorts of issues.

Who's the more Colombian?
HONDURAS-PANAMA. Honduras and Panama are both coached by Colombians -- Jorge Luis Pinto and Hernan Dario Gomez, respectively -- raising the question, who has closer ties to their national team.

Gomez insisted, "I am more Panamanian than Pinto is Honduran." Both are former Colombian national team coaches, but both have a history of working in Central America, where this time Pinto has the edge. He led Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup, while Gomez was unable to end Guatemala's streak of never reaching the World Cup finals after two years (2006-08) with the Chapines.

TV: 2:35 p.m. ET on beIN Sports
Location: Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
All-Time Series: Honduras leads 20-10-10
WCQ Series: Honduras leads 5-3-2

Molino suspension explained.
COSTA RICA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Between getting a runaround on training sites -- at home -- and rumors of his coaching staff being replaced, T&T coach Stephen Hart has not been in a good mood recently.

Hart has had to deal with the suspension of high-scoring Kevin Molino after the Orlando City star was twice caught breaking camp to party.

"If you let one go, you will have to let everyone go, and the rule is we have a curfew at 11 when we are in camp," he told Wired868.com. "Listen, your country has paid for you to come home and this is the life we live. If you let everyone go [and do as they please] and they are getting back at 6 a.m. and we are training at 7:30 a.m., you think their bodies can keep up with that? I don’t think there is any coach who will let his players get away with things like that.”

TV: 6 p.m. ET on beIN Sports
Location: Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
All-Time Series: Costa Rica leads 17-3-4
WCQ Series: Costa Rica leads 11-0-3
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