NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16: Honduras fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Honduras and Chile at the Mbombela Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Mexico And USA Win, Honduras Stunned

The third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying gets underway on Friday with Cuba vs. Canada. Honduras and Panama play the most interesting match of the round.

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Mexico Vs. Guyana, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score, El Tri Unimpressive In Win

Fans of the United States probably aren't too pleased with their team's performance, but they can take some comfort in the fact that their biggest rivals did essentially the same thing. Against a Guyana team that they were supposed to crush, Mexico scored an early goal, fell asleep a bit, allowed a goal on a miscue and eventually coasted to a two-goal win against a team they should have defeated by six or seven goals.

Ultimately, they all count the same, and El Tri will be happy to take three points from their 3-1 win on Friday. Carlos Salcido scored the opener in the 11th minute and that was quickly followed by a Giovani dos Santos goal in the 15th minute, assisted by Aldo de Nigris. Just after halftime, 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez flicked in a third for Mexico.

Guyana's goal was the last of the match, in the 62nd minute, and they didn't even get the pleasure of scoring it. Hector Moreno did the honors, deflecting a cross into his own net.

'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre decided to show Guyana very little respect in this match, starting with one midfielder and two strikers in a 4-1-3-2. He'll play a different team against El Salvador on Tuesday. Most likely, de Nigris will move to the bench while Salcido moves to midfield and Jorge Torres Nilo comes in at left back.


USA Vs. Antigua & Barbuda, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 3-1 USA As Hosts Flatter To Deceive

The United States put in a rather unimpressive performance in seeing off Antigua and Barbuda in their World Cup qualifying match in Tampa. The hosts should have absolutely demolished the minnows in a Floridian downpour, but were held to an unconvincing 3-1 victory instead, losing Jose Torres to a severe-looking ankle injury in the process..

Carlos Bocanegra opened the scoring with a toe-poke home following Molvin James' save from Hercules Gomez's header, and for a little while it seemed as though the floodgates would open. Slick moves from Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley cut open Antigua's back line, and it seemed as though the US would grab a hatful of goals before the end of the first half.

Instead, they only added one more, with Dempsey tacking on from the spot after Landon Donovan was brought down in the box. Incredibly, Antigua pulled a goal back after halftime when substitute Peter Byers finished low past Tim Howard, but the two-goal cushion was restored thanks to Gomez, who took advantage of a very fortunate rebound to make it 3-1 in the 71st minute. The rest of the match (save for Torres' injury, which saw him stretchered off in the 57th minute) was prettttty awful.


Mexico Vs. Guyana, 2012 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: What Is A Guyana?

Mexico hosts Guyana in World Cup qualifying on Friday. Yes, Guyana.

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