While the eyes of most Americans will be on the United States and Jamaica, while El Tri will pack the stands for their qualifier against Costa Rica, neither of CONCACAF's big dogs will be playing in the most interesting match in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
Down in Group C, Canada and Panama have to anticipate that Honduras will take three points from Cuba, which will put them on seven points heading into the last international date. That puts the pressure on both teams, who will feel like they're in need of a good result in Panama City. Canada sit on seven points after Friday's win in Toronto, while Pamama have six. If either can win outright, they'll feel great about their chances of getting to the hexagonal.
The Group A match between the United States and Jamaica is huge, though no one expects the Americans to fail to win, even after Friday's debacle in Kingston. The United States are undefeated on home soil in World Cup qualifiers since September of 2001, winning 17 times and drawing twice. In the other match in Group A, Guatemala need a win in Antigua to give themselves a realistic chance of making the hex.
In Group B, anything but a win at home over Costa Rica would be a disaster for El Tri. If they take all three points, they will become the first team to qualify for the hex. El Salvador inexplicably drew Guyana on Friday, and need a win to feel like they're in good shape. Incredibly, even if they draw, they will continue to control their own destiny as long as Costa Rica do not win in Mexico.
Schedule (all times ET)
Antigua and Barbuda vs. Guatemala - 7 p.m.
Guyana vs. El Salvador - 8 p.m.
United States vs. Jamaica - 8:11 p.m.
Mexico vs. Costa Rica - 9 p.m.
Panama vs. Canada - 9:05 p.m.
Honduras vs. Cuba - 9:30 p.m.