While USMNT fans may be bristling at “Good morning”, other national teams are waking up feeling fine about their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying prospects.
Obviously Guatemala is one of them after smashing the hapless Yanks in Guatemala City last night to snap a 21-year losing streak, but how about the rest?
Mexico is yet to concede in the fourth round after going into a rowdy BC Place in Vancouver and thumping Canada 3-0, a score that matches its group record. Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Jesus Corona scored for El Tri, which is essentially through the Hex.
Canada is in okay shape, too, thanks to El Salvador coming back twice to draw Honduras. The Canucks are two points ahead of El Salvador, which got goals from Pablo Punyed and Nelson Bonilla to snare a point and stay a point ahead of struggling Honduras.
Mexico — 9 points
Canada — 4 points
El Salvador — 2 points
Honduras — 1 point
Je-Vaughn Watson staked hosts Jamaica to an early lead in its critical home qualifier against Costa Rica, but Los Ticos saw a rare goal from veteran defender Johnny Acosta to stay atop the group after a 1-1 draw. Panama failed to take advantage of Costa Rica dropping points, held by a feisty Haiti side in Port-Au-Prince 0-0.
Costa Rica — 7 points
Panama — 4 points
Jamaica — 4 points
Haiti — 1 point
We’ve covered the United States‘ woeful display at length, stunned by a pair of early Guatemala goals and some solid Paulo Motta goalkeeping to slip third in the group.
But Trinidad and Tobago did not have an easy time staying atop the group thanks to a game St. Vincent and the Grenadines side, which remains dead last and pointless despite holding a 1-0 advantage and seeing a level 2-2 score line late.
Eighteen-year-old substitute Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar) subbed on two score two late goals and lead the Soca Warriors to all three points.
T&T — 7 points
Guatemala — 6 points
USMNT — 4 points
St. Vincent and the Grenadines — 0 points