USA Mens Soccer Plays Tonight & 2014 World Cup Qualifying Starts Today

United States Mens National soccer team is playing an away match vs. Costa Rica at 11:00pm on ESPN2. This is great preparation for the young USA team to play in a hostile and difficult enviroment like Costa Rica.  Jurgen Klinsmann is fielding a team based of younger players with the match tonight  and a match Tuesday vs. Belgium.

The Friday and Tuesday game dates are coincide with 2014 World Cup Qualifying starting in Asia and CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).  United States along with Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Cuba have a bye and will not compete in World Cup Qualifying till next summer (June 8th – October 16, 2012).

Which leaves 24 nations fighting for 6 spots to play in the next round of qualifying.  There are 6 groups of 4 teams and only group winners.  Here are the groups and matches for CONCACAF.

Group A:  El Salvador-Suriname-Cayman Islands-Dominican Republic

Friday September 2: Cayman Islands at Suriname – Dominican Republic at El Salvador

Tuesday September 6: Suriname at Dominican Republic – El Salvador at Cayman Islands

Group B:  Trinidad & Tobago-Guyana-Barbados-Bermuda

Friday September 2: Barbados at Guyana – Bermuda at Trinidad & Tobago

Tuesday September 6: Guyana at Bermuda – Trinidad & Tobago at Barbados

Group C: Panama-Dominica-Nicaragua (Bahamas withdrew from competition)

Friday September 2: Nicaragua at Dominica

Tuesday September 6: Panama at Nicaragua

Group D:  Canada-St. Kitts & Nevis-Puerto Rico-St. Lucia  

Friday September 2: Puerto Rico at St. Kitts & Nevis – St. Lucia at Canada

Tuesday September 6: St. Kitts & Nevis at St. Lucia- Canada at Puerto Rico

Group E:  Grenada-Guatemala-St. Vincent & the Grenadines-Belize  

Friday September 2: St. Vincent & the Grenadines at Guatemala – Belize at Grenada

Tuesday September 6: Guatemala at Belize

Sunday September 18: Grenada at St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Group F:  Haiti-Antigua & Barbuda-Curacao-US Virgin Islands  

Friday September 2: Curacao at Antigua & Barbuda -US Virgin Islands at Haiti

Tuesday September 6: Antigua & Barbuda at US Virgin Islands – Haiti at Curacao

The four other matches in this group play will be on October 7th & 11th, November 11th & 15th

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