The not-really-official "How is your country doing in WC Qualifying?" thread
Costa Rica breezed through the initial group stage, perfect so far with 15 points in 5 games. 1 game left, at El Salvador, but it's completely meaningless since both teams are through to the next phase.
it was a very easy group though, should be a lot tougher in CONCACAF's Final Six.
We beat Armenia away, Bosnia at home then drew with Belgium at home and Estonia away.
We did have a ton of injuries and were very unlucky but still the draw away at Estonia is inexcusable. But we do this kind of crap all the time we were the team San Marino scored its first international goal against and if I remember right got its first draw against, in the qualifying round for the last Euros we drew with Malta... We just can't beat the teams other people score 7-8 against I have no idea why...
right now, it looks as though the final 6 in CONCACAF will be:
already clinched: USA, Costa Rica, El Salvador
virtually clinched: Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago
the toss-up is Honduras and Jamaica, which should be pretty interesting. Jamaica closes at home vs. a weak Canadian team, while Honduras hosts Mexico, who is coming off two bad results (loss to Jamaica, draw vs. Canada).
i'm thinking Mexico takes out their frustration on Honduras, paving the way for Jamaica to steal the last spot in qualifying.
Costa Rica, USA, El Salvador, Mexico*, Jamaica* and Trinidad & Tobago* (the last 3 pending final game)
The dates are set:
Match 1 - Feb. 11
Match 2 - Mar. 28
Match 3 - Apr. 1
Match 4 - Jun. 6
Match 5 - Jun. 10
Match 6 - Aug. 12
Match 7 - Sep. 5
Match 8 - Sep. 9
Match 9 - Oct. 10
Match 10 - Oct. 14
the Top 3 go through automatically (probably USA, Mexico, and hopefully CR)
4th place moves on to a two-match playoff against the 5th plance from CONMEBOL:
Playoff vs. Conmebol 5th
1st Leg (TBD) - Nov. 14
2nd Leg (TBD) - Nov. 18
This is going to be fun. This is when all the games are going to be hard fought close matches. I think US, Mexico, and Costa Rica will be the 3, with El Salvador being the 4th to play the conmebol 5th seed.