Countdown to Germany: the next two weeks. The 25-game stretch that could clinch one of the two top seeds for World Cup play in Russia. That’s the job that Canada must now do in the next two games at home against Honduras and Mexico in a bid to grab a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
The Canadians drew 1-1 with Honduras Friday night. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a draw, and it’s still good enough to keep the Americans in the same position as Canada at the top of CONCACAF qualifying.
The Americans are the only one of the three teams still in contention to clinch a spot in Russia. USA faces a dangerous Panama side on Wednesday while Mexico must beat Honduras and likely then beat the US over the next three days to keep the Stars and Stripes safe. But a win for Canada is within reach, given that Mexico is in the cellar of the CONCACAF table and already needs a win over Honduras and either tie or win over the US to make it to Russia.
More good news for the US. Despite its defeat, Costa Rica remains alive in CONCACAF qualifying thanks to its 1-0 home win over Nicaragua. But Panama now has their backs against the wall if they want to take a trip to Russia.