Thursday, June 08, 2017

FIFA World Cup Qulifying (CONCACAF): Home Wins For Team USA And El Tri; Ticos Held To Scoreless Draw At Home With Panama

The Hexagonal Round of CONCACAF-regional qualifying for next year's World Cup resumed on Thursday with three games as the final round of qualifying is reached the midway point.

At Commerce City, Colorado:

Christian Pulisic scored twice (52', 62') as the United States blanked visiting Trinidad and Tobago 2-0.  The victory placed the Americans in the third and final automatic World Cup qualifying berth.

At San Jose, Costa Rica:

Ten-man Costa Rica and visiting Panama battled to a 0-0 stalemate.

At Mexico City:

Oswaldo Alanis (35'), Hirving Lozano (63'), and Raul Jimenez (66') each scored once as Mexico tightened their hold on the top spot in the Hexagonal standings following their 3-0 home domination of Honduras.

Hexagonal Round Standings:

1. Mexico (GP: 5; GD: +7; PTS: 13)
2. Costa Rica (GP: 5; GD: +4; PTS: 8)
3. United States (GP: 5; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
4. Panama (GP: 5; GD: 0; PTS: 6)
5. Honduras (GP: 5; GD: -8; PTS: 4)
6. Trinidad and Tobago (GP: 5; GD: -6; PTS: 3)

The top three finishers would automatically qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia while the fourth-place finisher would take part in a two-game home-and-away playoff series against the fifth-place squad from Asia.

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