MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — Following is the latest and current standings in 2018 World Cup qualifying competition for North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) after the latest round of matches in the Hexagonal on Thursday.
We have just completed the eighth round of matches in the final series and World Cup secured Mexico continues to lead the Hexagonal stage standings.
After eight matches, El Tri leads the standings with 18 points, three more than Costa Rica who is also a strong favorite to qualify from the Hexagonal.
Panama now holds their destiny in their own hands — currently sitting third with 10 points.
The United States dropped to fourth after the 1-1 draw in Honduras and need to start picking up points, as the Hondurans in fifth-place are also on nine points and will pass the Americans if they win the Stars and Stripes failed to win the next fixture.
Trinidad and Tobago, mathematically, is still in the runnings for the fourth place finish, although it looks unlikely.
The top three teams from the Hexagonal stage qualify automatically for Russia 2018 World Cup.
The fourth-placed team will play an intercontinental playoff game against Asian qualifier.
Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
Mexico 8 5 3 0 11 3 18
Costa Rica 8 4 3 1 12 5 15
Panama 8 2 4 2 7 5 10
United States 8 2 3 3 12 11 9
Honduras 8 2 3 3 9 16 9
Trinidad & Tobago 8 1 0 7 4 15 3