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At A Glance: U.S. MNT Hexagonal Opponents


No stranger to its CONCACAF rivals, the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to face Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Jamaica twice each during the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. With an all-time record of 58-49-31 combined against the five teams, the U.S. will look to qualify for its seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup tournament by finishing in the top three of the hexagonal group which plays matches from Feb. 6-Oct. 15, 2013.

MEXICO

Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación A.C. (MexicanFootball Federation)
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Jose Manuel De La Torre
FIFA Ranking: 19
Highest FIFA Ranking: 4 (1998, 2006)
Lowest FIFA Ranking: 33 (2009)
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

Record in Semifinal Round: 6-0-0, 18 points
Finish: First Place in Group B
U.S. Records…

All-Time: 16-32-12; 69 GF, 130 GA
In World Cup Qualifying: 5-15-5; 29 GF, 65 GA
At Home in World Cup Qualifying: 4-4-2; 18 GF, 17 GA
Away in World Cup Qualifying:0-13-1; 7 GF, 46 GA
On Neutral Site in World Cup Qualifying: 1-0-0; 4 GF, 2 GA

Big Games vs. the USA:
2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying:  (USA 2, Mexico 0) – Feb. 28, 2001; Columbus, Ohio
2002 FIFA World Cup Second Round: (USA 2, Mexico 0) – June 17, 2002; Jeonju, South Korea
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 2, Mexico 0) – Sept. 3, 2005; Columbus, Ohio
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: (USA 2, Mexico 1) – June 24, 2007; Chicago
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: (USA 2, Mexico 4) – June 25, 2011; Los Angeles

PANAMA
Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
FIFA Ranking: 43
Highest FIFA Ranking: 43 (2012)
Lowest FIFA Rannking: 150 (1995)
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified 

Record in Semifinal Round: 3-1-2, 11 points
Finish: Second Place in Group C
U.S. Records…

All-Time: 8-1-2; 20 GF, 6 GA
In World Cup Qualifying: 3-0-1; 12 GF, 1 GA
At Home in World Cup Qualifying: 2-0-0; 8 GF, 0 GA
Away in World Cup Qualifying: 1-0-1; 4 GF, 1 GA

Big Games vs. the USA:
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (Panama 1, USA 1) – Sept. 9, 2004; Panama City, Panama
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Play: (Panama 2, USA 1) – June 11, 2011; Tampa, Fla.
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal: (USA 1, Panama 0) – June 22, 2011; Houston

COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol(Costa Rican Football Federation)
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
FIFA Ranking: 72
Highest FIFA Ranking: 17 (2003)
Lowest FIFA Ranking: 93 (1996)
Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (1990)

Record in Semifinal Round: 3-2-1, 10 points
Finish: Second Place in Group B
U.S. Records…

All-time: 11-12-6; 31 GF, 35 GA
In World Cup Qualifying: 5-8-3; 16 GF, 21 GA
At Home in World Cup Qualifying: 5-1-2; 10 GF, 4 GA
Away in World Cup Qualifying: 0-7-1; 6 GF, 17 GA

Big Games vs. the USA:
1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal: (USA 1, Costa Rica 0) – July 22, 1993; Dallas, Texas
1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 1, Costa Rica 0) – Feb. 28, 1997; Portland, Ore.
2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: (USA 2, Costa Rica 0) – Feb. 2, 2002; Pasadena, Calif.

HONDURAS
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (Honduras National Football Federation)
Founded: 1951 (Joined FIFA in 1951)
Head Coach: Luis Fernandez Suárez
FIFA Ranking: 66
Highest FIFA Ranking: 20 (2001)
Lowest FIFA Ranking: 95 (1998)
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1982, 2010)

Record in Semifinal Round: 3-1-2, 11 points
Finish: First Place in Group C
U.S. Records…

All-time: 12-3-3; 31 GF, 17 GA
In World Cup Qualifying: 3-1-1; 10 GF, 8 GA
At Home in World Cup Qualifying: 1-1-0; 4 GF, 4 GA
Away in World Cup Qualifying: 2-0-1; 6 GF, 4 GA

Big Games vs. the USA:
1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: (USA 0, Honduras 0; 4-3 PKs) – July 7, 1991; Los Angeles
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 3, Honduras 2) – Oct. 10, 2009; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

JAMAICA
Jamaica Football Federation
Founded: 1910 (Joined FIFA in 1962)
Head Coach: Theodore Whitmore
FIFA Ranking: 52
Highest FIFA Ranking: 27 (1998)
Lowest FIFA Ranking: 116 (2008)
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1998)

Record in Semifinal Round: 3-2-1, 10 points
Finish: Second Place in Group A
U.S. Records…

All-time: 11-1-8; 33 GF, 12 GA
In World Cup Qualifying: 3-1-6; 12 GF, 7 GA
At Home in World Cup Qualifying: 3-0-2; 10 GF, 4 GA
Away in World Cup Qualifying: 0-1-4; 2 GF, 3 GA

Big Games vs. the USA:
1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 1, Jamaica 1) – Oct. 5, 1997; Washington, D.C.
2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 2, Jamaica 1) – Oct. 7, 2001; Foxborough, Mass.
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (Jamaica 2, USA 1) – Sept. 7, 2012; Kingston, Jamaica
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: (USA 1, Jamaica 0) – Sept. 11, 2012; Columbus, Ohio



 

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