The U.S. national team have dragged themselves back into a very good position in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
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Bruce Arena has picked up eight points in the first four qualifying games in charge, after the U.S. lost to Mexico and Costa Rica in its opening two qualifiers last fall which cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job.
Now the USMNT is in a much healthier position with the top three teams from the Hex qualifying automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the fourth-place team playing a two-legged playoff against a nation from the Asian Football Confederation.
With Costa Rica hosting Trinidad & Tobago and Honduras heading to Panama on Tuesday (you can stream both those games live by clicking on the link above) the Hex will look a little different tomorrow evening.
But for the USMNT, they now know that wins against Costa Rica at home on Sept. 1 and at Honduras on Sept. 5. would be huge in all-but securing a top four finish, while victories for Costa Rica and Panama on Tuesday would mean that Honduras and T&T would be hard pressed to finish in the top four of qualifying.
The turnaround under Arena has been stark for the U.S. national team as they’ve clawed their way back into a good position after a horrendous start to qualifying.
Via U.S. Soccer, here’s a look at how the Hex standings look on Monday.
|2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF Final Round Standings|
|Trinidad & Tobago||5||1||4||0||3||2||8||-6|