It appears that part of the reasoning behind CONCACAF's new World Cup qualifying process was the belief that the region would receive four full spots, as opposed to the 3.5 it received in 2010. Now that the decision has been made to keep the number of guaranteed spots the same, CONCACAF officials indicated that they will likely have to drop the newly approved format which would have produced two four-team final groups, as opposed to one six-team group, widely known as the Hexagonal.
Chuck Blazer, the American representative on FIFA's Executive Committee and one of the top CONCACAF officials, indicated that the extra two-game playoff likely squeezes the calendar in a way that makes the planned four-team group format unfeasible.
"We need to come up with a system that works," he said in an Associated Press report. "At this point we'll put everything on the table."
This possible change will likely come as welcomed news for many fans of the United States and Mexico. Under the proposed format, the two longtime rivals were unlikely to meet in qualifying as they were likely to be the top teams in their respective groups.