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CONCACAF: How The Hex Looks After First Two Games

Costa Rica USA World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica's midfielder Joel Campbell scores against United States during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in San Jose, on November 15, 2016. / AFP / EZEQUIEL BECERRA (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hex is officially underway and we have seen the first two games all but wrapped up. It will be four months until we see the next set of games for the CONCACAF teams fighting for a spot in the 2018 World Cup, so there will be a lot of time to digest what happened in November.

Here is a look at how everything went down…

Current Standings

  1. Costa Rica: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses
  2. Mexico: 1 win, 1 draw, 0 losses
  3. Panama: 1 win, 1 draw, 0 loses
  4. Honduras: 1 win, 0 draws, 1 loss
  5. Trinidad & Tobago: 0 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses
  6. USA: 0 wins, 0 draw, 2 losses
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A giant recieves a KO punch

The first two things that stand out are that Costa Rica’s on fire, and that the USA is in serious trouble. Both teams are generally strong in qualification, but it is the United States with the absolute worst start possible. Not only did they lose at home for the first time ever in Columbus to Mexico, but they were beat down, 0-4, by Costa Rica, putting them at -5 in the goal differential. Similarly, Trinidad & Tobago are looking like a weak-link after the first two games. There was very little promise from the 180 minutes played by them.

Honduras had a disappointing home loss to Panama, yet, was able to recover with a win against Trinidad & Tobago. The win boosted them into the playoff spot if the Hex were to end as is.

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Mexico changes its Hex tune

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In 2013, Mexico could not find a way to win. After two matches, they sat with two points and a lot of questions to answer. In November, they got the “Dos a cero” monkey off their back, and collected a point in a very sloppy match against Panama. Keeping in mind, the first two matches for them were on the road.

Upcoming fixtures

March 24:

USA vs Honduras

Trinidad & Tobago vs Panama

Mexico vs Costs Rica

March 28:

Panama vs USA

Honduras vs Costa Rica

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Trindad & Tobago vs Mexico

There is a lot that can happen before the next games take place. Will Klinsmann still be running the USMNT? Can Costa Rica keep up its momentum after a long break? Many of these looming questions will be over the minds of the players and staff, but one thing is for sure, the Hex is never truly predictable.

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