US opens final WCup qualifying round at Honduras

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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 4:05 PM

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States opens the final round of World Cup qualifying at Honduras on Feb. 6 and plays three of its first four games on the round.

The Americans play at Mexico on March 26 and host El Tri on Sept. 10, according to the draw conducted Wednesday.

Seeking its seventh consecutive World Cup appearance, the United States hosts Costa Rica on March 22 and then goes to Mexico four days later. The Americans are at Jamaica on June 7, host Panama four days later and are home against Honduras on June 18.

They play at Costa Rica on Sept. 6 before hosting Mexico, then host Jamaica on Oct. 11 and close at Panama four days later.

The top three teams in the hexagonal qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the fourth-place team advances to a home-and-home playoff against the Oceania champion, likely New Zealand, for a spot in the 32-nation tournament.

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