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The US national team's path to an automatic berth for Russia 2018 just got a little clearer.


With Costa Rica tying Honduras, 1-1, on Saturday, the Americans now have better odds of qualifying for next summer's World Cup. The easiest way remains picking up three points in Tuesday's road game against Trinidad & Tobago, but here are the other ways the US can assure themselves of a top-three finish in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (as well as the current standings):

PTS
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
<a href="/meta/club/mexico">Mexico</a>&nbsp;- x
21
6
0
3
14
4
+10
Costa Rica - x
16
4
1
4
13
6
+7
<a href="/meta/club/united-states">United States</a>
12
3
3
3
16
11
+5
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/panama">Panama</a>
10
2
3
4
7
9
-2
Honduras
10
2
3
4
10
17
-7
Trinidad &amp; Tobago
3
1
8
0
5
18
-13
  • USA win at Trinidad & Tobago


OR…

  • USA draw at Trinidad & Tobago 
  • AND…
  • Honduras and Panama do not make up goal difference in wins vs. Mexico and vs. Costa Rica respectively


OR…

  • USA loss at Trinidad & Tobago
  • AND…
  • Honduras and Panama both draw/lose vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively

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