Each of the six teams involved will play 10 games in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, so there is no need for any of them to panic after only two have been played.
Still, Honduras or Trinidad and Tobago will likely be sitting on the precipice of panic after this match. The opening round of games in this Hexagonal tournament were hard on the home teams: every match was won by the visiting side.
The USA can at least take consolation from the fact that it lost to Mexico - a perennial rival - and there was no real threat to the USMNT's qualification chances in the loss to El Tri. The USA is expected to to Russia because it is expected to be a lot better than at least three other teams in the Hex - and Mexico doesn't feature in that calculation. If USMNT doesn't make it to Russia, it will be because of losses to teams other than El Tri.
Honduras and T&T, however, are part of the bottom three of this six-team set. If all goes according to expectations, the three automatic CONCACAF qualifiers for Russia 2018 will be Costa Rica, Mexico, and USMNT. That leaves Honduras, Panama, and T&T fighting for fourth place - and a playoff with the fifth-best team in Asia for a place at the 2018 World Cup.
For Honduras, losing the opening game of this Hex was doubly damaging. First, it was a home game - and not losing at home was the formula that took Los Catrachos to the last World Cup. Second, it was a game against Panama: Honduras conceded early ground in the battle for fourth in the Hex.
If Honduras loses this next match - or even simply gets a draw - its qualifying campaign will already look irreparably harmed. Los Catrachos would have wanted six points from their first two home games, not least because they are games against the less-fancied teams in the competition. Anything less than three points from these first two home matches is a minor disaster for Honduras, because it means Los Catrachos will need wins on the road or against heavier-weight opponents to make up the ground lost in the race for a World Cup qualifying berth.
Fortunately, perhaps, for Honduras, it is playing what looks a lot like the weakest team in the Hex. Trinidad and Tobago is capable of challenging the region's best: just last year, the Soca Warriors tied Mexico, 4-4 in Gold Cup, and USMNT, 0-0, in a World Cup qualifier. Those sort of results, however, are a distant memory. In 2016, T&T has three wins: two over St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and one over Dominican Republic.
The squad has been afflicted by a series of distractions and difficulties. Forward Kevin Molino is serving a self-inflicted suspension for violating team rules. Captain Kenwyne Jones is just working his way back from injury. There are reports in Trinidad of unnecessary pressures on the technical staff. It all adds up to a team that does not seem to be at its best.
And it was a team not at its best that came up short against Costa Rica in T&T's opening game of this Hex. Los Ticoswere not winners of the match, but the Soca Warriors would have hoped to make home advantage count for a little more than it did. When Costa Rica decided to up its attacking intensity in the second half, T&T simply couldn't keep up.
Honduras will at least console itself with the knowledge that the loss it suffered to Panama in its opening game could very easily have been a draw, at the very least. Los Catrachos need to improve, but there was some evidence in their first match of the Hex that improvement isn't far away.
A point in this game will suit the Soca Warriors a lot better than it will Los Catrachos. Both would, of course, prefer the win - and neither wants to close out this first segment of the Hex with 0 points from two games.
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