World Cup Qualifying kicked off for many CONCACAF nations last Friday as the road to Russia 2018 began less than 18 months after Brazil 2014 had wrapped up, and FC Dallas players were very involved across the continent. This round of CONCACAF qualifying involved three groups of four teams with the top two in each group advancing to the "Hexagonal" final round of CONCACAF qualifying. Here's a rundown of Friday's action and a look ahead to the next round on Tuesday:
Tesho Akindele - Canada
One of the heroes from the playoff win over Seattle, Tesho Akindele came off the bench to play nine minutes in Canada's 1-0 win over Honduras in Vancouver. The win was enormous for a Canadian team looking to make the final round of qualifying for the first time in over a decade.
Canada plays away to El Salvador on Tuesday in another grucial match.
Atiba Harris - St. Kitts & Nevis
Atiba Harris and St Kitts & Nevis have already been eliminated from World Cup Qualifying, but they won their first-ever game in Europe on Thursday defeating Andorra 1-0. Harris continues his European adventure on Tuesday as St. Kitts & Nevis plays Estonia in Tallinn.
Moises Hernandez - Guatemala
Homegrown left back Moises Hernandez played all 90 minutes as Guatemala fell to Trinidad and Tobago in their group stage opener on Friday. The hosts dominated the first half against the Carribean side, but couldn't find a goal and the visitors responded with two great goals in the second half. Guatemala would find one late but were unable to tie the match.
Guatemala will play at St. Vincent & Grenadines tomorrow night.
Blas Perez - Panama
It was a wonderful start to World Cup Qualifying for Blas Perez and Panama who defeated Jamaica 2-0 in Kingston on Friday night to go top of their qualifying group. Blas Perez played all 90 minutes in his 100th cap for Panama but did not feature in either of the goals.
Panama hosts Costa Rica on Tuesday night in another tough qualifier, though a win for Panama would put them in fantastic shape after two of six qualifying games.
Je-Vaughn Watson - Jamaica
Je-Vaughn Watson went 86 minutes for Jamaica in that 2-0 loss to Panama and the Reggae Boys will look to rebound from that defeat with a trip to Haiti on Tuesday.
|Nov. 17||11 a.m.||Estonia v St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Nov. 17||1:30 p.m.||St. Vincent & Grenadines v Guatemala|
|Nov. 17||5 p.m.||Haiti v Jamaica|
|Nov. 17||7:30 p.m.||El Salvador v Canada|
|Nov. 17||7:30 p.m.||Panama v Costa Rica|