Intriguing finale awaits CONCACAF story

  • USA lead the chase for sole remaining automatic World Cup ticket
  • Echoes of 1990 triumph as fate to be decided in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Panama and Honduras lie in wait for any slips, fight for play-off spot

Having begun on 22 March 2015 in Barbados, the CONCACAF journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„¢ enters its final paragraph with a few plot points still to be tied up.

With Mexico and Costa Rica already leafing through Russian travel guides, one automatic ticket remains, while an intercontinental play-off spot is also up for grabs. After looking forlorn in recent outings, USA surged back on Friday to mean they enter this concluding matchday in the driving seat, but Panama and Honduras are on their shoulder in hope of a climactic twist.

All three sides can clinch either spot or go away with nothing, so the chances for drama are high. Here sets the stage for a potentially thrilling finale.

Matchday 10 fixtures
10 October
Panama-Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago-USA

The match
Trinidad and Tobago-USA, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 20:00 (local time)

Famously, a month shy of 28 years ago, the USA headed to Trinidad and Tobago for a game that would transform the face of football in the States. Having been absent for four decades from

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