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Russia 2018: The US is in Big Trouble

A look at the CONCACAF AND CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers

The ball is rolling towards Moscow: Every matchday brings joy and sadness to the fans from all North America, South America and the Caribbean. The first two games of the hexagonal made it clear which teams almost have a spot in Russia and those that will have to struggle to get one.

TEAM USA, A BAD START
Our team got off to a bad start in the CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifying stage: a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus and a 4-0 humiliating defeat by Costa Rica. The stars and stripes are bottom of the six-nation group. Costa Rica is the big surprise by leading the hex with two convincing victories, and a good goal differential. Mexico moved up to second place. Panama and Honduras are also battling for a spot.

BRAZIL, UNSTOPABLE
The “Verde amarelha” has six consecutive victories. Last matchday Brazil defeated Peru (2-0) and sits at the top of the standings of the CONMEBOL, comprising of ten teams, of which the top four qualify for direct spots and the fifth-placed team will advance to the international play offs. Other teams joining Brazil are Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.  For now, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela won´t be seeing The Red Square or Putin.