WORLD CUP QUALIFYING SCENARIOS: How the USA Can Book its Ticket to Russia

With Friday’s 4-0 victory against Panama, the U.S. Men’s National Team took another big step towards qualifying for an eighth straight FIFA World Cup.

Sitting one point back of Los Canaleros going into the match, the USA’s four-goal victory saw the team jump above Panama into the region’s third automatic qualifying spot and also added a rather sizable advantage in goal difference. On Saturday, Costa Rica used late header in second-half stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at home vs. Honduras. The result not only punched Los Ticos' ticket to Russia, but also helped the U.S. by taking two points away from Los Catrachos. 

With Matchday 9 now complete, here's a look at the Hex Standings: 

Matchday 10 Schedule (all games kickoff at 8 p.m. ET):
Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA
Honduras vs. Mexico
Panama vs. Costa Rica

So what's the easiest way for the USA to book its ticket to Russia? Put simply, it's #Get3GetThru, but there are a few other ways the MNT can lock in third position. Here are all of them: 

USA win at Trinidad & Tobago


USA draw at Trinidad & Tobago
Honduras and Panama do not make up goal difference in wins vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively


USA loss at Trinidad & Tobago
Honduras and Panama both draw/lose vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively