Yes, the 2018 World Cup is three years away but the qualifying campaign has already started for some nations and it continues this week.
The Central American CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches are currently taking place as the second round of qualifying is well underway.
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On NBC Universo on Thursday and Friday two games are coming your way — which you can also stream live online via NBCDeportes.com and via the NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra app — as El Salvador face St. Kitts and Nevis and Guatemala play Bermuda in the first legs of their matchups. The two-legged encounters will decide which teams advance to the third round of qualifying before the big boys arrive. The likes of Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico also enter World Cup qualifying at this stage.
In case you were wondering, the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago all enter CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at the fourth round.
Here are the details on how to watch both games, as well as a quick preview on what to expect.
El Salvador vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
Thursday, June 11 – 8 p.m. ET
WATCH LIVE AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC UNIVERSO
El Salvador haven’t qualified for the World Cup since 1982 but have had some good results recently with a 1-0 defeat against Chile last week and a 2-0 loss to Argentina in March. St. Kitts and Nevis overcame the Tuks and Caicos Islands 12-4 over two legs in the first qualifying round to make this stage. Expect a heavy El Salvador win.
Guatemala vs. Bermuda
Friday, June 12 – 10 p.m. ET
WATCH LIVE AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBC UNIVERSO
Guatemala also enter qualifying at this stage and will heavily lean on legendary striker Carlos Ruiz to try and get through to the latter stages of CONCACAF qualifying. As for Bermuda, they beat the Bahamas 8-0 on aggregate in the first qualifying round and Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells scored three of those goals. This may be a lot closer than people think.