U.S. Men’s National Team: World Cup Qualifying Schedule Set
U.S. Men’s National Team: World Cup Qualifying Schedule Set avatar

The schedule for the final round of qualifying was announced last night in Miami, Florida with the United States opening on the road to Honduras on February 6, 2013. Six nations have advanced to the Hex with the top three teams moving on to Brazil 2014. The fourth place side will face off with the winner of the Oceania group, likely New Zealand, in a two game showdown, for the final Concacaf spot.

Klinsmann keeping a positive outlook on opening fixtures. (Getty Images)

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann was happy to have an opponent, although he did say, “usually, a team would like to have the first game at home, but if you don’t have the first game at home you make the best of it.”

The U.S. will have to, “make the best of it,” in three of their first four qualifying games, traveling to play Mexico on March 26, and then on to Jamaica June 7, after that opening match versus Honduras. The first home game for the Americans will be on March 22 against Costa Rica.

The USA had a very convincing 3-1 victory over Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park last month. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

The venues for all of these matches have yet to be determined, and each country tries to choose a location that can give them the best chance of winning. The U.S. has had good luck against Mexico when playing in Columbus, Ohio, although with the United States home date being scheduled for September 10, the cold weather factor is mitigated. Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City has become a go to venue for the American team, and will surely feature.

Will Donovan make himself available for the next round? (ISI Photos/John Todd)

The schedule of play for the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers is as follows (home team is listed first): venues to be determined

 

Friday, June 7 2013

Jamaica v. U.S.

Panama v. Mexico

Costa Rica v. Honduras

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb making the draw. (ISI Photos Browning)

Tuesday, June 11 2013

Mexico v. Costa Rica

Honduras v. Jamaica

U.S. v. Honduras

Tuesday, June 18 2013**

Jamaica v. Mexico

U.S. v. Honduras

Costa Rica v. Panama

Friday, September 6 2013

Mexico v. Honduras

Panama v. Jamaica

Costa Rica v. U.S.

The CONCACAF Final Draw. (ISI Photos/Stuart Browning)

Tuesday, September 10 2013

Jamaica v. Costa Rica

Honduras v. Panama

U.S. v. Mexico

Friday, October 11 2013

Mexico v. Panama

Honduras v. Costa Rica

U.S. v. Jamaica

Tuesday, October 15 2013

Jamaica v. Honduras

Panama v. U.S.

Costa Rica v. Mexico

** The fixture involving Mexico on 18 of June will be moved to June 4th to allow Mexico, the CONCACAF representative, to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

 

Herculez Gomez will be hoping that he can shine in qualifications and take his team to the Final. (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

With the U.S.having qualified for six consecutive World Cups, Klinsmann will be expected to navigate this group, but as we saw in the previous round, the competition in the Concacaf region has grown tougher in recent years and nothing is a given. The old tournament formula of taking three points at home and one on the road would likely get the job done, but qualifiers have a way of tossing in a surprise result every now and then,

The U.S. game versus Mexico, which will surely be played at the intimidating Estadio Azteca, will be a highlight, being the first game between the two fierce rivals since the Americans won for the first time against Mexico, in Mexico, in an August friendly.

Dempsey will be one of the senior players this time round. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

For now Klinsmann will be pointing toward that February 6 meeting with Honduras, where the Yanks have a very good 3-0-1 record against Los Catrachos. Three points from that match would be huge, but a point would also give the U.S. something to build on.

The final fixture is on the road to Panama on October 15, with the Yanks having played Jamaica at home on the 11th. The U.S. will not want to go on the road needing a result to qualify. Can they have it wrapped up by then? Or will the U.S. be fighting for their World Cup lives? It figures to be a fascinating eight months.

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
This entry was posted in Blog. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *