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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in National, Recent, USMNT, World | 2 comments

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Hexagonal 101

“Hexagonal”

You’ve heard the word thrown around by the “experts” on TV and by the people on your favorite soccer blog/forum/website every time the USMNT has taken the field in World Cup Qualifying.

It’s alright to have no idea what this means, we won’t hold it against you. However, we are going to change that. Let’s make you the expert on all things Hexagonal.

 

The Hexagonal is the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF (North and Central America) qualifying region. The first round began on June 15, 2011 and has narrowed down the 35 team competition to just 6 possible representatives.

The 29 teams to be eliminated through the first three rounds were:

Cuba, Canada, El Salvador, Genada, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Suriname, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Guatemala, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Curacao, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Cayman Islands, Nicaragua, Bermuda, Belize, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Aruba, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat

The remaining 6 teams will compete in a single table, with each team hosting and visiting the other 5 teams. When all the games are said and done the top 3 teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup in 2014 being held in Brazil. The 4th place team will earn a “half spot” meaning they will need to play a home and away  match up with the winner of the Oceania Region, which will most likely be New Zealand.

2013 Hexagonal Participants

Mexico

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 19
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 4 (Feb. ’98 and May-Jun. ’06)
  • Third Round Finish: 1st place Group B
  • Third Round Record: 6 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws, 15 goals for, 2 goals against
  • World Cups Appearances:  14
  • Best Finish: Quarter Finals (’70, ’86)
  • Top Players: FW Javier Hernandez (Manchester United, England), MF Andres Guardado (Valencia, Spain), MF Giovani dos Santos (Mallorca, Spain)

United States

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 32
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 4 (Apr. ’06)
  • Third Round Finish: 1st place Group A
  • Third Round Record:  4 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, 11 goals for, 6 goals against
  • World Cup Appearances: 9
  • Best Finish: Semi-Finals (’30)
  • Top Players: FW Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur, England), GK Tim Howard (Everton, England), DF Carlos Bocanegra (Racing de Santander, Spain)

Panama

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 43
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 43 (current)
  • Third Round Finish: 2nd place Group C
  • Third Round Record: 3 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws, 6 goals for, 2 goals against
  • World Cup Appearances: 0
  • Best Finish: Has never qualified
  • Top Players: MF Gabriel Gomez (Philadelphia Union, United States), FW Blas Perez (FC Dallas, United States), DF Felipe Baloy (Santos Laguna, Mexico)

Jamaica

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 52
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 27 (Aug. ’98)
  • Third Round Finish: 2nd place Group A
  • Third Round Record: 3 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, 9 goals for, 6 goals against
  • World Cup Appearances: 1
  • Best Finish: Group Stage (’98)
  • Top Players: FW Luton Shelton (Karabukspor, Turkey), DF Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo, United States), GK Dwayne Miller (Syrianska, Sweden)

Honduras

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 66
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 20 (Sep. ’01)
  • Third Round Finish: 1st place Group C
  • Third Round Record: 3 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws, 12 goals for, 3 goals against
  • World Cup Appearances: 2
  • Best Finish: Group Stage (’82, ’10)
  • Top Players: FW Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution, United States), FW Carlo Costly (Veria, Greece), DF Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic, England)

Costa Rica

  • Current FIFA Ranking: 72
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 17 (May ’03)
  • Third Round Finish: 2nd place Group B
  • Third Round Record: 3 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, 14 goals for, 5 goals against
  • World Cup Appearances: 3
  • Best Finish: Round of 16 (’90)
  • Top Players: FW Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake, United States), FW Bryan Ruiz (Fulham, England), MF Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen, Denmark)

 


2 Comments

  1. Carlos Bocanegra as a top player for US? Not Donovan?

    • Until Donovan decides if he is going to be part of the USMNT moving forward it is hard to include him as a top player as he might not even be on the team. Bocanegra is still the captain and a main figure both on and off the field for the team.

      Just a little insight to the mind of Andrew…