November 16, 2011
BRING ON ANTIGUA
U.S. to face tiny nation in first WCQ
NEW YORK ---Talk about taking on a minnow. The United States will open its qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with a match against tiny Antigua & Barbuda, which at approximately 88,000 inhabitants has the smallest population of any country remaining in the CONCACAF qualifyers.
That game will take place on Friday, June 8 in the U.S. at a site to be determined. The United States will also face Jamaica and , Guatemala in the third round of World Cup qualifying.
Group B is led by 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion Mexico and is expected to be highly competitive. A game between El Salvador and Costa Rica on Matchday 5 could decide the group’s fate.
Honduras, which qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa along with the USA and Mexico, heads Group C. The current Central American champion starts play on June 8 at home against regional-rival Panama.
Matchdays 3 and 4 promise will pair the top seeds from each group on both days in a home-and-home series.
Times and locations for all matches will be confirmed at a later date.
The top two teams from each of the semifinal groups will advance to round four of qualifying – commonly known as the “hexagonal”.
Three teams from CONCACAF are guaranteed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the fourth-placed team from the hexagonal facing off against the Oceania winner.
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Round Three
Group A :United States, Jamaica, Guatemala, Antigua & Barbuda
Group B: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guyana
Group C: Honduras, Cuba, Canada, Panama
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
(home team listed first)
Friday, June 8, 2012
Group A: United States vs. Antigua & Barbuda; Jamaica vs. Guatemala
Group B: Mexico vs. Guyana; Costa Rica vs. El Salvador
Group C: Honduras vs. Panama; Cuba vs. Canada
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Group A: Guatemala vs. United States; Antigua & Barbuda vs. Jamaica
Group B: El Salvador vs. Mexico; Guyana vs. Costa Rica
Group C: Canada vs. Honduras; Panama vs. Cuba
Friday, September 7, 2012
Group A: Jamaica vs. United States; Guatemala vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Group B: Costa Rica vs. Mexico; El Salvador vs. Guyana
Group C: Cuba vs. Honduras; Canada vs. Panama
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Group A: United States vs. Jamaica; Antigua and Barbuda vs. Guatemala
Group B: Mexico vs. Costa Rica; Guyana vs. El Salvador
Group C: Honduras vs. Cuba; Panama vs. Canada
Friday, October 12, 2012
Group A: Guatemala vs. Jamaica; Antigua & Barbuda vs. United States
Group B: El Salvador vs. Costa Rica; Guyana vs. Mexico
Group C: Canada vs. Cuba; Panama vs. Honduras
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Group A: United States vs. Guatemala; Jamaica vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Group B: Mexico vs. El Salvador; Costa Rica vs. Guyana
Group C: Honduras vs. Canada; Cuba vs. Panama