The fourth round groups for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying campaign have been drawn.
It sees some of the giants of the region finally entering the fray, meaning Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, and Panama will all play their first games
The first three rounds were a series of knockouts, with some of the least-recognisable nations in the footballing world battling it out for a chance at making it to Russia in 2018. Nicaragua were closest to causing an upset; they were less than a minute from eliminating Jamaica on away goals, only to conceding a late goal and lose 4-3 on aggregate.
The draw for the Fourth Round is as follows:
GROUP A: Mexico, Honduras, Canada, El Salvador
GROUP B: Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Haiti
GROUP C: United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Group B is considered to be the “Group of Death”.
The teams will play each other twice in a round-robin format. The first games are on 13th November, and the series will conclude on 6th September 2016.
The top two from each group with progress to the final round. CONCACAF has been allocated 3.5 spots at Russia 2018.