MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 15: A fan of Mexico arrives at the stadium before a match against the United States during a FIFA friendly match between Mexico and US at Azteca Stadium on August 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)
Costa Rica needs to avoid a home loss to Mexico to feel comfortable about getting to the hexagonal, while the United States head to Jamaica and Canada host Panama.
Things have gone more or less according to script so far in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but some intriguing matches on Friday's slate could shake things up. The United States and Mexico have to face difficult tests on Friday night, while Group C is likely to get even more cluttered and unpredictable.
Cuba hosts Honduras in the first match of the day, and both teams will feel like they need three points to put themselves into a good position to make the hexagonal round. Canada and Panama, the other two teams in that group, play later in the day. Canada needs to avoid a loss to feel like they're in a good position heading into the second half of qualifying, especially if Honduras wins in Cuba.
Mexico are slight favorites on the road against Costa Rica, who no longer look like locks for the hex after drawing El Salvador at home. That's the late game on the schedule, conveniently starting exactly two hours after Jamaica - United States for maximum watchability.
Schedule (all times ET)
Cuba vs. Honduras - 3 p.m.
Canada vs. Panama - 7:45 p.m.
Jamaica vs. United States - 8 p.m.
El Salvador vs. Guyana - 9:30 p.m.
Guatemala vs. Antigua and Barbuda - 10 p.m.
Costa Rica vs. Mexico - 10 p.m.
Check out our video preview of Costa Rica vs. Mexico.