MAKING A LIST: U.S. vs. Hexagonal opponents

The United States opens the final round of 2006 World Cup qualifying Feb. 9, 2005, at Trinidad & Tobago, where it has the best away record in World Cup qualifying of any of the five opponents it will meet in the CONCACAF final round. If World Cup qualifying form were to hold in 2005, the United States would pick up 13 points at home and 5 points on the road to earn 18 points, which would surely be enough to clinch one of the top three spots for a direct berth to Germany '06. Here's a look at how the U.S. has done home and away against these Hexagonal teams in World Cup qualifying.

COSTA RICA
Home (4 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss):
1985: 0-1. 1989: 1-0. 1996: 2-1. 1997: 1-0. 2000: 0-0. 2001: 1-0
Away (1 tie, 5 losses):
1985: 1-1. 1989: 0-1. 1996: 1-2. 1997: 2-3. 2000: 1-2. 2001: 0-2.

GUATEMALA
Home (3 wins):
1989: 2-1. 1996: 2-0. 2000: 1-0.
Away (2 ties):
1989: 0-0. 2000: 1-1.
Neutral (1 tie):
1996: 2-2.

MEXICO
Home (2 wins, 4 ties, 2 losses):
1957: 2-7. 1960: 3-3. 1965: 2-2. 1972: 1-2. 1976: 0-0. 1980: 2-1. 1997: 2-2.
2001: 2-0.
Away (1 tie, 11 losses):
1949: 0-6, 2-6. 1954: 0-4, 1-3. 1957: 0-6. 1960: 0-3. 1965: 0-2. 1972: 1-3.
1976: 0-3. 1980: 1-5. 1997: 0-0. 2001: 0-1.
Neutral (1 win)
1934: 4-2.

PANAMA
Home (1 win):
2004: 6-0
Away (1 tie):
2004: 1-1.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Home (4 wins, 1 tie):
1985: 2-1, 1-0. 1989: 1-1. 1996: 2-0. 2001: 2-0.
Away (2 wins, 1 tie):
1989: 1-0. 1996: 1-0. 2001: 0-0.

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