To start breaking down the CONCACAF standings after Friday’s regional results, the best place to start is here: Jamaica is out.
Not officially so, but you know. Sorry about that, Reggae Boyz. You guys are fun to have around, but things look pretty bad for you, mon.
The Jamaicans, who last qualified for a World Cup in 1998, have a scant two points from half of their final round matches. They would probably need 12 or 13 of a possible 15 points going forward just for that fourth spot, the berth that leads into a play-in series. Not. Gonna. Happen.
Friday’s scores went like this:
- United States 2, at Jamaica 1
- Mexico 0, at Panama 0
- At Costa Rica 1, Honduras 0
Honduras sits just above Jamaica, fifth of sixth. But don’t be fooled; they have ample opportunity to make up points. The Catrachos have already played the two regional powers at home – and they picked up four of a possible six points against Mexico and the United States. Those are big points.
Further, they face a potentially dispirited Jamaica on Tuesday – check that, potentially devastated – and could quite possibly be right back in the thick of things about 96 hours from now.
Costa Rica looks to be in great shape atop the group, but they still have visits ahead from Mexico and the United States, plus a tough trip into Honduras. So, the Ticos still have plenty of work ahead.
As for Mexico … well, let’s save that one for another post. Lots to say there.
Here are the standings after four rounds: