CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers – June 18: Preview
Whereas the Confederations Cup 2013 unfolds in Brazil with 2011 Gold Cup Mexico looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s loss to Italy in the group stages, four of CONCACAF’s other big nations will engage in 2014 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The matches in question are USA vs Honduras and Costa Rica vs Panama.
The U.S. Men’s National Team can enter Tuesday’s fixture full of confidence. Thanks to last week’s 2-0 win over Panama, the Americans hold the top spot in the Hexagonal with 10 points – two more than second-placed Costa Rica. The encounter at the Rio Tinto will be an engaging physical affair, according to Jurgen Klinsmann who was quoted as saying by Goal.com during a press conference on Monday:
"There will be a lot of battles on the field all over the place but we want to play our game, we want to be dominant hopefully on the field and take care of things the sooner the better."
A loss to Honduras in the first match of the Hexagonal had American fans wondering if the former German international was the right person for the job. The fear of potentially missing out on an opportunity to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil was a serious concern, but fortunately for Klinsmann, things have worked out in his favor.
Since that first defeat when Juan Garcia and Jerry Bengston had US fans worried, Clint Dempsey and co. have managed three victories and one draw. That lone draw came against Mexico in a scoreless draw in Mexico City.
Back to back victories over Jamaica and Panama now has the USA full of confidence, ahead of their match against Honduras, which could turn out to be a very important match.
Miami, Florida (June 9, 2013)
The 2014 Brasil CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers continue with three critical fixtures all scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
LiveSoccerTV.com offers you full TV and online streaming schedules for all three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Costa Rica, USA and Mexico are all locked on seven points but El Tri cannot relax too much knowing that they have played a game more than their other two rivals.
Panama have gone down to fourth with six points whereas Honduras are completely out of the qualification zone with four points from a possible twelve. While things are not looking good for Los Catrachos, the misery upon Jamaica is even worse. The latter continue to occupy the very last position in the group and a surprise appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil looks less and less likely.
There is so much at stake in each of the upcoming three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Don't miss any of the CONCACAF live action this Tuesday evening.
CONCACAF Live World Cup Qualifiers TV Listings (US Only)
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – The 2014 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers resume with all teams playing on Friday, June 7, 2013. beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español and Telemundo will broadcast a match each to viewers in the United States. Live Soccer TV has live stream and TV schedule information available – not only for followers in USA but also around the globe.
After suffering defeat in the hands of Belgium in late March, USA clinched a morale-boosting win over Germany last Sunday. Then again, the victory came against a very weak German team. USA have conceded seven goals in their last two games which were international friendlies. Can the Americans improve on their defending abilities and beat a Jamaican side that fell 1-0 against Mexico lately?
Miami Beach, Florida (March 24, 2013) – The third round of fixtures in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers possesses the X factor with Mexico vs USA set to cap a great night of live soccer on TV come March 26, 2013. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has live streaming and TV schedules info for the tree games in question. ESPN, Univision and beIN Sports will provide some relief to their followers in the United States but do not mix up the live listings.
Two of Tuesday’s three World Cup qualifying matches in the CONCACAF zone will take place simultaneously. At the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama will welcome Honduras. The hosts will be looking to snatch their first victory in the Fourth Round of the campaign. However, it will certainly be hard to deal with a team like Honduras. Los Catrachos successfully battled a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Mexico recently. Watch Panama vs Honduras live at 22:00 EST on beIN Sport en Español.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 20, 2013) – The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume this Friday in the CONCACAF zone. There will be three matches on Matchday 2 of the Fourth Round: Honduras vs Mexico, USA vs Costa Rica and Jamaica vs Panama. Check where to watch these matches live, or get live score updates with LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV).
Honduras finished the first round of fixtures on top of the other five teams in contention for Brazil 2014 tickets. After successfully overcoming the United States, Los Catrachos are coming for El Tri. Mexico stumbled to a goalless draw against Jamaica on Matchday 1 of the Fourth round. They will be hoping to find the net against Honduras on Friday. Honduras vs Mexico will kick off at 17:00 EST on Telemundo and Telemundo Deportes in the United States.
Mexico will be after all three points when they take on Honduras in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Olimpico de San Pedro Sula on Friday.
The Mexicans got the hexagonal round of the World Cup qualifiers underway with a frustrating goalless draw with Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in February, and can't afford anymore slip-ups if…
The Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula will be electric on Wednesday as Honduras will play host to the United States in the first match of their Hexagonal. Top three teams in the group will get an automatic spot at the World Cup in 2014, held in Brazil, while the fourth placed team will have to play a two-leg elimination with the winner of the Oceania Confederation.
With Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama rounding out the group, the Americans will be expected to qualify. United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will also be expecting his side to make it out of this six team bracket.
Honduras have only one option. They must win or curse luck. Heading into this 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Tuesday’s hosts seat two points behind Group C’s qualification zone. The team will need to find a scoring formula after failing to net a goal in previous matches against Panama and Canada.
In the absence of key players – namely goalkeeper Valladares and midfielders Espinoza and Palacios – Honduras will be looking to triumph. Their biggest strength could be the home crowd, better known for creating a hostile atmosphere against visitors.
Japan vs Egypt
The day begins with Group D winners Japan taking on African survivors Egypt at Old Trafford. The Japanese have one thing in mind: to emulate the women’s soccer team by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament at the London 2012 Olympics.
Meanwhile, Egypt left it late to qualify above Belarus and New Zealand in Group C. For one of these two teams – Japan and Egypt – London 2012 ends today. Watch this quarter-final match on BBC Olympics in UK or on NBC Olympic Soccer in USA. Check our Japan vs Egypt match page for more information on where to watch the game live depending on your location.
In Group A, three teams remain in contention for the quarter-finals. Great Britain lead the way with four points like Senegal while Uruguay are just behind with three points from a possible six.
African contenders Senegal exhibited their energy in a stunning 2-0 victory over Luis Suarez’s Uruguay last weekend. Expect the Senegalese to avoid defeat in the hands of the United Arab Emirates. The latter are going home, but which team will join them out of the London 2012 Olympic Men’s Soccer competition?
Great Britain have a foot in the quarter-finals. Even a point will do. Watch Great Britain vs Uruguay on CTV Olympics, RDS Olympiques or RDS 2 if you are in Canada. Home fans can watch this match on BBC HD, BBC Olympics and BBC Three.
These matches are likely to produce an excessive amount of drama after the first day of the contest offered different results. Brazil were left hanging from a thread against Egypt. A great start powered by Neymar’s lively performance saw the South American hopefuls take a 3-0 lead at half-time.
However, carelessness in defence allowed African contenders Egypt to put home a couple of goals. Somehow, the Brazilians held on and ended the match with maximum points in their bag.
Concentration is set to play a great role when Brazil meet Belarus in Coventry today. The latter narrowly went past New Zealand in their first London 2012 Olympics fixture. Brazil and Belarus are tied up at the top of Group C with three points each.
The biggest blow for Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda is that Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia will be unavailable after sustaining a hamstring injury during a recent Europa League outing against Ajax Amsterdam. While only two European-based players were called up by Rueda, seven players ply their trade in the Mexican First Division, with the…
Honduras gave a good account of themselves by putting up a good defense and working vigorously to avoid humiliation. Reynaldo Rueda’s men certainly felt that too much was need from them to get onto the next stage.
So if Friday night’s match was their last in South Africa, it was worth proving to the world that they are capable of doing one thing: send Spain’s giant killers home. Even then, the Swiss were fortunate not to concede a goal. If Los Catrachos’ front men were more accurate, Switzerland’s damage would have been worse.
Actually, chances were there for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men to create a positive result. It was frustrating for Swiss fans to see the team ignoring the counterattacking game plan despite dominating.