CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup is down to its final round: a year-long, six-team tournament, affectionately known as the Hex(agonal).
Honduras gets the privilege of hosting the first game of this Hex, welcoming Panama to San Pedro Sula. These two teams are expected to compete for fourth place (and a playoff against the fifth-placed team in Asia for a World Cup spot) in the final standings.
Pre-tournament expectations heavily favor Honduras in this game. San Pedro Sula is something of a fortress for Los Catrachos: in the last Hex, Honduras was unbeaten at home - that record and a famous win over Mexico at Azteca carried the team through to Brazil 2014 as the third automatic qualifier out of CONCACAF. And Los Catrachos are coached by Jorge Luis Pinto, the man responsible for the balletic synchronicity of Costa Rica's back line at Brazil 2014.
Pinto's challenge with Honduras, however, is to unearth a regular goal scorer. There isn't a player in the current squad with double-digit international goals to his name, though emerging talents Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis will hope to put that right in due course.
Panama has much riding on experience: its top six most-capped players of all time are in the current squad. The primary concern about Los Canaleros is that players such as Felipe Baloy (35 years old), Blas Perez (35) and Luis Tejada (34) won't have a lot left for Russia 2018, if the team gets that far. But to have that problem, Panama must first get through the Hex - and the only way to do that is with the strongest selection available right now. So experience has been favored over potential for the task of getting at least a point out of San Pedro Sula.
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