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World Cup Qualifying Update

Following Mexico's 2-1 victory over T&T ("only" 92,000 at Azteca) and Honduras's 1-0 home win against El Salvador, here are how things stand in CONCACAF at the midway point of the World Cup qualifying calendar:

1. Costa Rica 4-1-0, 12 points
2. United States 3-1-1 10 points
3. Honduras 2-2-1, 7 points
4. Mexico 2-3-0, 6 points
5. El Salvador 1-2-2, 5 points
6. T&T 0-3-2, 2 points

Aug. 12 matches: USA at Mexico, Costa Rica at Honduras, El Salvador at T&T.

Meantime, with four matchdays remaining in South America, Brazil (27 points), Chile (26), Paraguay (24) and Argentina (22) fill the top four automatic slots, but Ecuador (20), Uruguay (18), Colombia (17) and even Venezuela (17) remain in contention. (The No. 5 team will enter a playoff against CONCACAF's No. 4.) Argentina hosts Brazil on Sept. 5.

Watch Walter Ayovi's spectacular goal for Ecuador against Argentina:

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2009; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , CONCACAF  
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Not that its gonna happen but how awesome would a Mexico-Argentina series to get into the World Cup be!

Posted by: Brian76 | June 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I know it's the way the schedule breaks, but after the next set of games, the U.S. could be looking at being tied for 2d, only 1 point clear of 4th and 2 of 5th.

Posted by: ah___ | June 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow! the ball really flies at 9200 feet!

Posted by: b18bolo | June 11, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

After the next round of qualifiers, I'd bet the standings would be:

Costa Rica: 15
USA: 10
Mexico: 9
Honduras: 7

Posted by: mmathai1 | June 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

why can't we take shots from distance like that.

If we could stab mexico in the heart by winning at Azteca this time, I would be ecstatic. I'm hoping for a draw though. It would also be nice for CR to be beat HOnduras as well.

Posted by: torrey151 | June 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Best Case Scenario-Mexico finishes 5th.

2nd Best: Mexico finishes 4th and has to travel to Quito at 9300 feet.

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If we can sneak a point in Mexico (which would be our second point ever there) and Honduras beats the Ticos in August - it'll be even squeekier butt cheek time for El Tri. It would be hilarious to see them sweat through the agonizing two-legged playoff.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 11, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Honduras wins at home, and US ties in Mexico (Mexico won last night, but the looked suspect a number of times. They aren't the dominant team at home they used to be, that's for sure). And Trinidad wins at home.

That puts the standings after the next match at
Costa Rica - 12
US - 11
Honduras -10
Mexico - 7
TT -5
ES -5

Going to be a tight run at the end of this. One slip and the US could easily end up in fourth.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 11, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

With the 3-1 drubbing at Saprissa, I don't know how anybody could predict a win or even a tie at Azteca.
So, another loss in Mexico City and they are only 1 pt. behind us. Hardly seemed possible just a few weeks ago.

This could be a tough couple of months for Bradley.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

historically, about 16 points gets you into the top 3. that means, 2 more wins SHOULD do it - @ TT and ES @ home. however, though this group seems much stronger this world cup cycle compared to the past ones...

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Vamos Chile! Nice to see them in a strong #2 spot, mixing it up a little. They haven't been to the WC since France '98 when they had Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas.

Uruguay is doing worse than usual this time.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Como se dice "frozen rope" en espanol?

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 11, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it's form over history in this version of the Azteca showdown. I see it like this...

The US ain't winning the Confed Cup plain and simple. BUT the time together will prove very valuable for this team that seemed to be playing out of synch in their last few outings. Plus if they can take it Brazil and Italy and not get blown away, and beat or tie Egypt it could do woneders for their confidence going into Azteca. Now if Mexico's dip in form follows them into the Gold Cup (their BIG summer tournament) and they lose it or suffer way too many close games that could be a problem for them heading into the showdown.

Now if the coin flips, and the US gets manhandled in SA and its watered-down team has a bad Gold Cup that Mexico wins handily then the all the pressure will be on the US in the final games.

Pressure is going to be on both sides this time and form going in will matter way more than history here. Azteca is still a hornet's nest and one of the last few milestones we need to achieve in CONCACAF. But "El Tri" is also under some serious pressure now (something they are not used to) and our chances of winning at Azteca have never been better. All we need is that confidence, that edge to best them.

Here's hoping we get that edge over these next few busy weeks.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

1990: Spot earned in the last match, a 1-0 win at T and T.

1994: Automatic spot as host

1998: Earned 7 points in last three games to clinch 2nd.

2002: U.S. clinches on the last day with a tie at Trinidad . . BUT only because Honduras blows it at Trinidad the match before (if I recall, they hit the post 5 times and lost 1-0)

2006: Our earliest qualification, with several games remaining . . which even allows Kyle Martino to play in our last game

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This shows how big that win against Honduras last Saturday was. With a tie we would only have 8 points which would have tied us with Honduras and then be one point up against Mexico.

I still can't believe let alone comprehend that Diego Maradona is the coach of Argentina. For all of my complaining about Bob Bradley and the US national team at least we aren't coached by Maradona.

Posted by: diego_r | June 11, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

After watching last nights Mexico T&T match I feel we have a good chance of getting a draw. T&t are by no means a powerhouse and could have left Mexico with a result. Mexico played some great attacking football but there back line gives the ball away a lot. I do not have the exact number but I bet it is up around 8 or 9 times they simply passed the ball directly to T&T. T&T simply blew chances to punish Mexico. Also, Mexico's midfield was wide open. This space can be exploited.

And do not give me well Mexico blew a few chances to score earlier in the game. I have never witnessed a good finishing Mexican national team. They always blow 4 or 5 chances against us too.

If US withstand the initial onslaught of the first ten minutes then its anybody's game.

But, if Mastroeni and Beasley are on the field we lose 3-0

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 11, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So if World Cup 10' is moved to the US or we play T&T in the last match and that allows us to qualify we aren't getting past the first round.

Posted by: csd1 | June 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I still can't believe let alone comprehend that Diego Maradona is the coach of Argentina. For all of my complaining about Bob Bradley and the US national team at least we aren't coached by Maradona.

Posted by: diego_r | June 11, 2009 2:20 PM |

Couldn't agree more. What a disastrous coach he is. Why did they think this would be a good idea?

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 11, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Mexico underperformed last night but it was mostly due to some uninspired finishing (though their 2 goals were both quite nice). They have a sense of urgency, plenty of time for training together and a new coach who will use the Gold Cup to get them sharp.

I still hope we (USA) win at Azteca and knock them deep down into 5th place but it seems like wishful thinking to think that we can expect them to continue to underperform.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 11, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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