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(ABOVE) Jamaica celebrates after defeating host Nicaragua on September 8, 2015, to advance to the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

MIAMI – Qualifying in CONCACAF for the 2018 FIFA World Cup resumes Friday with the start of fourth round play. Following three rounds of knockout action, the remaining 12 teams have been evenly grouped into three groups. 

Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States will be making their debuts in the current competition after receiving byes. The other six squads – Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Vincent & the Grenadines – earned their places by successfully navigating through at least one, two-legged series.

In this phase, which lasts through September 2016, each team will play the others in its group twice for six total games. The winners and runners-up of each group will advance to the fifth and final round.

CONCACAF.com takes a look at each of Friday’s encounters:

 

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – CONCACAF

FOURTH ROUND, MATCHDAY 1 (NOVEMBER 13, 2015)

GROUP A

MEXICO v EL SALVADOR

Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- 1st match under new head coach Juan Carlos Osorio

- Participated in last 6 World Cups

- Champion, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (record-extending 7th title)

- 2015 CONCACAF Cup winner (qualified for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup)

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-159; W-102; D-33; L-24; GF-407; GA-118

- World Cup Appearances: 15

 

El Salvador

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-4; W-3; D-1; L-0; GF-8; GA-3

- Goals: Nelson Bonilla (3); Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Barrios, Darwin Ceren, Irvin Herrera, Alexander Larin (1)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 3 of 4 WCQs, including shutouts in last 2 matches (both 1-0 wins v Curacao)

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-134; W-63; D-26; L-45; GF-229; GA-155

- World Cup Appearances: 2

 

CANADA v HONDURAS

BC Place – Vancouver, Canada

Canada

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-4; W-3; D-1; L-0; GF-10; GA-1

- Goals: Tosaint Ricketts (4); Cyle Larin (2); Tesho Akindele, Atiba Hutchinson, Will Johnnson, Russell Teibert (1)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in all 4 2018 WCQs, including shutouts in first 3 outings

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-111; W-46; D-33; L-32; GF-156; GA-128

- World Cup Appearances: 1

 

Honduras

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- Participated in last 2 World Cups

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-132; W-64; D-33; L-35; GF-236; GA-145

- World Cup Appearances: 3

 

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GROUP B

JAMAICA v PANAMA

National Stadium – Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-2; W-1; D-0; L-1; GF-4; GA-2

- Goals: Darren Mattocks (2); Simon Dawkins, Adrian Mariappa (1)

- Runner-up, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- Champion, 2014 Caribbean Cup

- Darren Mattocks has scored in Jamaica’s last 4 competitive games: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal v USA; 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final v Mexico; 2018 World Cup Qualifying, third round, first leg v Nicaragua; 2018 World Cup Qualifying, third round, second leg v Nicaragua

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-98; W-36; D-26; L-36; GF-113; GA-121

- World Cup Appearances: 1

 

Panama

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- Third Place, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-78; W-21; D-17; L-40; GF-88; GA-142

- World Cup Appearances: 0 

 

COSTA RICA v HAITI

Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- Quarterfinals, 2014 FIFA World Cup

- Champion, 2014 Central American (record-extending 8th title)

- Quarterfinals, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-156; W-76; D-38; L-42; GF-270; GA-165

- World Cup Appearances: 4

 

Haiti

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-2; W-2; D-0; L-0; GF-6; GA-1

- Goals: Duckens Nazon (2); Kervens Belfort, Mechak Jerome, Wilde-Donald Guerrier, Jean-Eudes Maurice (1)

- Quarterfinals, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- Third Place, 2014 Caribbean Cup

- Duckens Nazon, 21, scored both of Haiti’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup goals

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-82; W-36; D-16; L-30; GF-144; GA-115

- World Cup Appearances: 1

 

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GROUP C

USA v ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri, USA

USA

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- Unbeaten in its last 9 WCQ openers (4W-5D-0L)

- Unbeaten in 27 straight WCQ matches at home (25W-2D-0L)

- Fourth Place, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-138; W-70; D-32; L-36; GF-229; GA-165

- World Cup Appearances: 10

 

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-4; W-1; D-2; L-1; GF-9; GA-8

- Goals: Tevin Slater (5); Oalex Anderson (2); Myron Samuel, Cornelius Stewart (1)

- Tevin Slater is CONCACAF’s top scorer in 2018 WCQ (5)

- 1W-1D-23L in 25 all-time games v non-Caribbean opposition … only win v non-Caribbean side came v Nicaragua, 4-1, in a WCQ on June 20, 2004

- Scored at 2 goals or more in 3 of 4 WCQ games

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-52; W-14; D-8; L-30; GF-71; GA-136

- World Cup Appearances: 0 

 

GUATEAMALA v TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Estadio Mateo Flores – Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala

- 2018 WCQ Record: GP-4; W-2; D-1; L-1; GF-3; GA-1

- Goals: Stefano Cincotta, Denniss Lopez, Carlos Ruiz (1)

- Carlos Ruiz is CONCACAF’s all-time leading WCQ scorer (31 goals)

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-116; W-46; D-30; L-40; GF-176; GA-140

- World Cup Appearances: 0

 

Trinidad & Tobago

- 1st match of 2018 WCQ

- Quarterfinals, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- Runner-up, 2014 Caribbean Cup

- Defeated Guatemala, 3-1, in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Sheldon Bateau 11’, Cordell Cato 14’, Joevin Jones 25’)

- All-Time WCQ Record: GP-121; W-50; D-25; L-46; GF-181; GA-155

- World Cup Appearances: 1

 

 
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