With the United States and Costa Rica clinching a spot to the World Cup Finals in Brazil, the last slot will be fought over by Mexico and Honduras, while Panama will try to secure the lone playoff slot on matchday 10 in the fourth round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Landon Donovan; Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
Panama vs. USA
Clint Dempsey (strained hamstring) and Michael Bradley (ankle sprain) have been ruled out for the final game of the World Cup Qualifiers for the Americans.
This may be a sight for optimism for Julio Valdes' men, who are 3 points behind Mexico, as they need to come up with a win and hope that Mexico drops their game against Costa Rica, to be able to get a shot at the playoff spot.
Goal difference, however, will be resorted to once such scenario happens.
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla/Mexico)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy), Luis Mejía (Fénix/Uruguay), Alex Rodríguez (Sporting San Miguelito/Panama)
DEFENDERS: Felipe Baloy (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Luis Henríquez (Lech Poznan/Poland), Román Torres (Millonarios/Colombia), Harold Cummings (Árabe Unido/Panama), Carlos Rodríguez (Chepo/Panama), Leonel Parris (Tauro/Panama), Roberto Chen (Málaga/Spain), Jairo Jiménez (Elche/Spain), Eduardo Dasent (Tauro/Panama)
MIDFIELDERS: Alberto Quintero (Lobos BUAP/Mexico), Gabriel Gómez (San Francisco/Panama), Aníbal Godoy (Budapest Honvéd/Hungary), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro/Panama), Eybir Bonaga (San Francisco/Panama), Juan de Díos Pérez (Tauro/Panama), Alcibíades Rojas (Sporting San Miguelito/Panama)
Costa Rica vs. Mexico
The Mexicans are sitting at fourth place with 11 points, 3 points behind Honduras, must get a win to keep their automatic qualification bid alive.
A win is not enough as Honduras must be beaten by Jamaica in order for goal difference to settle their dispute in clinching the third and final spot.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez must come onto the field with guns blazing in order for El Tri to have a better chance of qualifying, while limiting Costa Rica scoring opportunities as much as they can.
Meanwhile, a draw will assure Mexico of clinching the playoff spot.
Mexico (4-2-2-2): Corona; Torres Nilo, Moreno, Rodriguez, Meza; Salcido, Torrado; Guardado, Aquino; Peralta; Hernandez
Costa Rica (4-4-2): Navas; Miller, Oviedo, Gonzalez, Salvatierra; Barrantes, Rojas, Cubero, Castillo; Saborio, Campbell
Jamaica vs. Honduras
The equation is pretty simple for Honduras: a draw will be enough to secure an automatic qualification berth.
Should they lose, Mexico might have a chance to overtake them at the third spot, depending on goal difference.
Luis Garrido and Wilson Palacios are going to anchor the offence for the Catrachos, while Roger Espinoza remains their rock on the defensive end.
Schedule and Live Streaming Information (Link will be provided an hour before kick-off):
All games will be played on October 16, 2013, 11:30 am (AEST)
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