Six teams have advanced to the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifying, and it begins with a bang as several key matches headline the early schedule.
Matchday 1 features the home leg of the clash everyone wants to see as Mexico visits the U.S. Men’s National Team on Nov. 11. The two sides last faced off in October of 2015 in the playoff match for the Confederations Cup, which El Tri won 3-2 after extra time.
There’s no break on matchday 2 for the USMNT, as they face likely their second strongest opponent with a visit to Costa Rica on Nov. 15. The USMNT defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, in the Copa America this past summer.
The schedule then lightens up with a visit from Honduras, a trip to Panama, and then another visit from Trinidad and Tobago, whom the USMNT defeated, 4-0, to win their semifinal group, before it all repeats with the locations reversed.
The USMNT faces the away leg against El Tri on June 13th, 2017 before welcoming Costa Rica on September 1st, 2017. The Americans then close out with a run of three matches, visiting Hondruas, welcoming Panama, and finally travelling to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10th, 2017 with hopes of securing their Russia 2018 qualification.
Here’s a closer look at the full Hexagonal round schedule:
MATCHDAY 1 – NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016
- USMNT vs. Mexico
- Honduras vs. Panama
- Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica
MATCHDAY 2 – NOVEMBER 15TH, 2016
- Costa Rica vs. USMNT
- Panama vs. Mexico
- Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago
MATCHDAY 3 – MARCH 24TH, 2017
- USMNT vs. Honduras
- Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama
- Mexico vs. Costa Rica
MATCHDAY 4 – MARCH 28TH, 2017
- Panama vs. USMNT
- Honduras vs. Costa Rica
- Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
MATCHDAY 5 – JUNE 9TH, 2017
- USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago
- Costa Rica vs. Panama
- Mexico vs. Honduras
MATCHDAY 6 – JUNE 13TH, 2017
- Mexico vs. USMNT
- Panama vs. Honduras
- Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago
MATCHDAY 7 – SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017
- USMNT vs. Costa Rica
- Mexico vs. Panama
- Trinidad & Tobago vs. Honduras
MATCHDAY 8 – SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017
- Honduras vs. USMNT
- Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
- Costa Rica vs. Mexico
MATCHDAY 9 – OCTOBER 6TH, 2017
- USMNT vs. Panama
- Costa Rica vs. Honduras
- Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago
MATCHDAY 10 – OCTOBER 10TH, 2017
- Trinidad & Tobago vs. USMNT
- Panama vs. Costa Rica
- Honduras vs. Mexico
What do you think of the USMNT schedule? How will the team fare in the Hex? If you were U.S. Soccer, what stadiums would you place each home match in?
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