Sunday, November 25, 2007

CONCACAF draw

And here are the results from our neck of the woods, well, at least for many of us.

Group 1A
Dominica v Barbados
United States v Winner

Group 1B
Turks and Caicos Islands v Saint Lucia
Guatemala v Winner

Group 1C
Bermuda v Cayman Islands
Trinidad and Tobago v Winner

Group 1D
Aruba v Antigua and Barbuda
Winner v Cuba

Group 2A
Belize v Saint Kitts and Nevis
Winner v Mexico

Group 2B
Bahamas v British Virgin Islands
Jamaica v Winner

Group 2C
Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico
Honduras v Winner

Group 2D
Canada v Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Group 3A
US Virgin Islands v Grenada
Winner v Costa Rica

Group 3B
Suriname v Montserrat
Winner v Guyana

Group 3C
El Salvador v Anguilla
Panama v Winner

Group 3D
Nicaragua v Netherlands Antilles
Haiti v Winner


The US could send a third-string side and still beat Barbados or Dominica. Ditto for Mexico and Belize but St. Kitts actually put up a fight the last time they met in qualifying (in 2004) so they'll need at least a couple of first-teamers.

So if form holds, these will be the following groups for the semifinal phase:

United States
Guatemala
Trinidad & Tobago
Cuba

Mexico
Honduras
Jamaica
Canada

Costa Rica
Panama
Guyana
Haiti

The US would have an easier go at it than Mexico. Honduras and Jamaica, those aren't exactly walkover wins.

7 comments:

Michael said...

Man, did Costa Rica get off easy when they drew the groups. The imbalance also means that we have a pretty good chance of seeing the exact same set of teams make it to the World Cup, thanks to one of the Hex spots taken up by a weaker team.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, Mexico has a tough draw. Jamaica seems to actually be playing better since they sacked Bora, but they're traditionally terrible playing away from home. Honduras though can be a Jekell and Hyde team, they might be great one game and horrible the next. Canada can be the same, but they have difference makers in De Rosario and De Guzman. I see Mexico and Canada coming out of this group.

Jaime Cárdenas said...

My predictions:

US, Guatemala
Mexico, Honduras
Costa Rica and...does it really matter?

Kevin said...

I'll say USA, Trinidad, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Beax Speax said...

Mexico has a tough draw? Dude...it's CONCACAF!

East River said...

Man I'm really looking forward to DR vs. PR, talk about quality football:-)!!! I think about 20 people actually play soccer in the DR...LOL.

Anonymous said...

Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico is gonna be great :) It's actually one of the oldest baseball rivalries in the world... let's see it carried into football!

Now, whoever wins is dead. They have to get through the up-and-coming Honduras team, and if that, by some miracle, happens, then they face the group of death of Mexico, Canada, and Jamaica (most likely)...

Si se puede *ahem*!