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March 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Panama takes lead CONCACAF qualifying, USMNT tied for second after three games

Posted below is a look at the CONCACAF standings in World Cup qualifying following the third round of games in the Hexagonal (there are 10 games total, the top three advances to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the fourth-place team enters a playoff).

Aside from the USA earning a 0-0 tie in Mexico on Tuesday, Panama and Costa Rica earns 2-0 home wins against Honduras and Jamaica, respectively.

Place Team (record) Next game
1. Panama (1-0-2; 5 points) hosts Mexico on June 7
T-2. Costa Rica (1-1-1; 4 points) hosts Honduras on June 7
T-2. USA (1-1-1; 4 points) visits Jamaica on June 7
T-2. Honduras (1-1-1; 4 points) visits Costa Rica on June 7
5. Mexico (0-0-3; 3 points) visits Jamaica on June 4
6. Jamaica (0-1-2; 2 points) hosts Mexico on June 4

Even though Honduras beat the USA, and the USA beat Costa Rica, this is how the standings look when goal differential breaks the tie. Costa Rica is +1, USA is even, and Honduras is -1.

Here’s a look at the U.S. men’s national team’s road to Brazil…

Feb. 6 — Honduras 2, USA 1
March 22 — USA 1, Costa Rico 0
March 26 — Mexico 0, USA 0
June 7 — Jamaica vs. USA
June 11 — USA vs. Panama (at CenturyLink Field in Seattle)
June 18 — USA vs. Honduras
Sept. 6 — Costa Rica vs. USA
Sept. 10 — USA vs. Mexico
Oct. 11 — USA vs. Jamaica
Oct. 15 — Panama vs. USA

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