CONCACAF roundup: Mexico, Panama draw; Honduras win

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We already know the U.S. national team were dismantled 4-0 on the road in Costa Rica on Tuesday to leave Jurgen Klinsmann’s side bottom of the Hexagonal after two rounds of games.

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Yep, it was ugly.

But what happened elsewhere in round two of the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region?

Here’s your roundup from the other two games in the group of six teams on Tuesday, while we also have the standings and the schedule for the next batch of Hex matches in March 2017.


Panama 0-0 Mexico

If you would’ve told El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio he’d have four points from Mexico’s opening two Hex games, both of which were on the road, he would’ve taken it. Still, after their big win against the USMNT last Friday, drawing at Panama seems a little disappointing.

That said, Mexico was missing several key players with Andres Guardado injured, Carlos Vela out and Hector Herrera on the bench, Osorio made six changes to the team which beat the U.S. Panama’s fans were crazed in Panama City, turning up three hours before kick off and setting off fireworks outside Mexico’s team hotel early on Tuesday morning. Los Canaleros believe they can reach the World Cup and after beating Honduras and grabbing a point against Mexico, it’s easy to see why.

Tom Marshall was in Panama and here were his thoughts on the draw:

This game was one of few chances in soggy conditions as Panama pressed Mexico high and El Tri looked disrupted and rushed after a long week of traveling. Gabriel Torres had a glorious chance for Panama early on but Mexico still had plenty of opportunities to score, yet couldn’t find a way through. After big wins on the road to open up the Hex, neither team will be too disappointed with a draw.

Honduras 3-1 Trinidad & Tobago

This was a big win for Honduras as they put aside their defeat to Panama last week in style. Romell Quioto gave Honduras the lead, then Emilio Izaguirre doubled Honduras’ advantage three minutes later as the hosts led 2-0 after 19 minutes. T&T made it interesting at the start of the second half with Carlyle Mitchell pulling one back but Eddie Hernandez sealed the win for Honduras as they got three points on the board before their trip to play the USMNT next March in the next round of Hex qualifiers.


HEX STANDINGS (after 2 games each)

  1. Costa Rica  – 6 points, +6 GD
  2. Mexico – 4 points, +1 GD
  3. Panama – 4 points, +1 GD
  4. Honduras – 3 points, +1 GD
  5. Trinidad & Tobago – 0 points, -4 GD
  6. United States – 0 points, -5 GD

HEX SCHEDULE

March 24, 2017
United States vs. Honduras
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Costa Rica

March 28, 2017
Panama vs. United States
Honduras vs. Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico