COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mexico and USA were both among the winners in CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday night.
Needing a win to get back on track in Group C, USA hammered Guatemala 4-0 to avenge the shocking 2-0 defeat they suffered away from home against these same opponents last Friday in Guatemala City.
Seasoned performers Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, as well as Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi provided the goals for the U.S. to recover in what was a must win game for the CONCACAF giants.
The victory also slightly eased some of the pressure off head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been heavily criticized in the media in the last few years.
The former German international also had to deal with a banner flying overhead, which called for him to be fired as head coach.
Three points at home on Tuesday night, though, saw USA moving back into second place, one point above Guatemala, and sits behind group leaders Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago hammered Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in the other Group C match to go three-points clear of the United States in the race for the top spot in the standings.
A brace from Trevin Caesar and one goal each from Sheldon Bateau, Joevin Jones, Kenwyne Jones and Kevin Molino secured the win for the Soca Warriors, who are now on 10 points and moved ever so close to becoming one of the two teams that will advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers.
In Group A action at Azteca Stadium, Andrés Guardado and Jesus Corona netted first half goals to lift Mexico to a 2-0 win over Canada and early qualification to the final round.
The victory on Tuesday night puts El Tri on maximum 12 points from four games, eight-points more than second place Honduras, which tagged El Salvador 2-0 to stay in the race of earning a top two spot.
Canada and Honduras are both on four points with two games left to be played.
In Group B action, Costa Rica put a massive dent in Jamaica’s hopes of qualifying for the second round after the hosts defeated the Reggae Boyz 3-0 through goals from Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz and Johan Venegas.
The Costa Ricans are now on 10 points at the top of the standings, three points more than Panama, which edged Haiti 1-0 to move three points ahead of Jamaica with two games remaining in this round of CONCACAF qualifiers.
CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Honduras 2-0 El Salvador
USA 4-0 Guatemala
Panama 1-0 Haiti
Costa Rica 3-0 Jamaica
Mexico 2-0 Canada