Costa Rica tops Trinidad and Tobago, Panama ties Honduras in World Cup qualifying

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Honduras’ 2-2 tie at Panama put the United States alone in third place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings.

Here are video highlights from Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Costa Rica 2, Trindad & Tobago 1: Francisco Calvo scored the opener and Bryan Ruiz scored the winner as the Ticos beat the Soca Warriors at home. Two of the three goals were scored by Minnesota United players: Calvo’s for Costa Rica and Kevin Molino’s for Trinidad.

Panama 2, Honduras 2: This was an upset that helped the United States in the standings quite a bit. In fact, Honduras was moments away from winning the game, but Seattle’s Roman Torres saved the hosts with a 90th minute equalizer. Panama rallied for a 2-2 draw with Honduras. The Houston Dynamo’s Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis scored for the visiting Catrachos. Panama’s other goal came from striker Blas Pérez, a longtime pest in MLS who now plays in Bolivia.

Here’s how the Hex standings look now, with six games played and four to go. Records are wins-ties-losses:

1. Mexico, 14 points (4-2-0, +7 goal difference)
2. Costa Rica, 11 points (3-2-1, +5)
3. United States, 8 points (2-2-2, +3)
4. Panama, 7 points (1-4-1, +0)
5. Honduras, 5 points (1-2-3, -8)
6. Trinidad & Tobago, 3 points (1-0-5, -7)

The top three nations advance automatically to next year’s World Cup in Russia. The fourth-place team will face Asia’s fifth-best nation in a playoff.