Olympic qualifying rewind: Mexico clinches semis berth, T&T draws Panama

Olympic qualifying rewind: Mexico clinches semis berth, T&T draws Panama

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Olympic qualifying rewind: Mexico clinches semis berth, T&T draws Panama

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON,Calif. — A night after the United States slipped against Canada, Mexico made sure that there would be no letdown from them.

Alan Pulido scored a hat trick as Mexico defeated Honduras, 3-0 at the Home Depot Center. The Tigres UNAL forward tallied two goals in the first half and scored just 41 seconds into the second to round out the scoring as Mexico throughly dominated Honduras. DC United midfielder Andy Najar started on the bench for Los Catrachos and was an unused substitute. 

In the first match of the doubleheader, a stoppage time goal by Shahdon Winchester canceled out a Cicilio Waterman strike as Trinidad and Tobago earned an important draw against Panama. Battling wind and rain as well as one another, Waterman put Panama out in the 69th minute before Winchester's heroics stole a point for the Soca Warriors. 

With Sunday's results, Mexico has secured one of the group's two semifinal berths while all three of their group opponents remain in contention for the other spot.  Group B play ends on Tuesday when Trinidad and Tobago face Honduras while Mexico takes on Panama. 

Will Mexico face the United States in the semifinal round? Who will claim the other semifinal spot out of Group B?

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