CONCACAF announces schedule for Third Round of World Cup Qualifying
Guyana face Mexico in first game June 8, 2012
New York – Guyana has been drawn to play Mexico in their first game of the semifinal round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Brazil 2014 competition on June 8, 2012 in Mexico when the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced the schedule of matches in the region yesterday.
Winners of the six second round groups (Guyana, El Salvador, Panama, Canada, Guatemala and Antigua & Barbuda) join six teams that have thus far received byes (Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States) to form three groups of four teams apiece.
Match day 1 opens on Friday, June 8, highlighted by a Group A pairing between the USA, the nation with largest population in the confederation, and Antigua & Barbuda, which at approximately 88,000 inhabitants has the smallest population of any country remaining in the competition.
Group B is led by 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion Mexico and is expected to be highly competitive. A game between El Salvador and Costa Rica on Match day 5 could decide the group’s fate.
Honduras, which qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa along with the USA and Mexico, heads Group C. The current Central American champion starts play on June 8 at home against regional-rival Panama.
Match days 3 and 4 promise much excitement, as the top seeds from each group will meet each other on both days in a home-and-home series.
Times and locations for all matches will be confirmed at a later date. The top two teams from each of the semifinal groups will advance to round four of qualifying – commonly known as the “hexagonal”.
Three teams from CONCACAF are guaranteed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the fourth-placed team from the hexagonal facing off against the Oceania winner.
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Round Three
Group A – United States, Jamaica, Guatemala, Antigua & Barbuda
Group B – Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guyana
Group C – Honduras, Cuba, Canada, Panama
Schedule of matches (home team listed first)
Match Day 1 – Friday, June 8, 2012
United States vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica vs. Guatemala
Mexico vs. Guyana
Costa Rica vs. El Salvador
Honduras vs. Panama
Cuba vs. Canada
Match Day 2 – Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Guatemala vs. United States
Antigua & Barbuda vs. Jamaica
El Salvador vs. Mexico
Guyana vs. Costa Rica
Canada vs. Honduras
Panama vs. Cuba
Match Day 3 – Friday, September 7, 2012
Jamaica vs. United States
Guatemala vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Costa Rica vs. Mexico
El Salvador vs. Guyana
Cuba vs. Honduras
Canada vs. Panama
Match Day 4 – Tuesday, September 11, 2012
United States vs. Jamaica
Antigua and Barbuda vs. Guatemala
Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Guyana vs. El Salvador
Honduras vs. Cuba
Panama vs. Canada
Match Day 5 – Friday, October 12, 2012
Guatemala vs. Jamaica
Antigua & Barbuda vs. United States
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
Guyana vs. Mexico
Canada vs. Cuba
Panama vs. Honduras
Match Day 6 – Tuesday, October 16, 2012
United States vs. Guatemala
Jamaica vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Mexico vs. El Salvador
Costa Rica vs. Guyana
Honduras vs. Canada
Cuba vs. Panama