Monday, June 23, 2008


The CONCACAF Dozen for the next round of World Cup Qualifying:

Group 1
USA, Guatemala, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago

Group 2 ("The Group of Death")
Mexico, Honduras, Canada, Jamaica

Group Three (Cake Walk Group)
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Suriname

The U.S. Opens the next round (with a home and home against each team) with games against August 20 in Guatamala City, September 6 in Havana and Sept. 10 against Trinidad in Chicago.

The top two teams in each group advance to a home and home hexagonal.

Right now I see the U.S. and Guatamala advancing in Group 1, Costa Rica and El Salvador from Group 3.

Group two is a complete toss up. I can see any of the four teams advancing.

The question for the U.S. will be how many players that have seen playing time in the last few weeks will be spread over to the U.S. Olympic squad, i.e. Freddy Adu, Sasha Klejstan, Michael Bradley and therefore unavailable for the early matches. How many of their clubs will allow them to train for Olympics, play in Olympics and then go to full U.S. team for Havana/Chicago matches.

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