Canada, Panama earn road victories in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

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Canada's quest to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has started off in fine fashion.

After beating St. Lucia convincingly on Friday, the Canadians topped Puerto Rico by a 3-0 scoreline on the road behind goals from Iain Hume, Simeon Jackson and Tossaint Ricketts to take early control of Group D on Tuesday. Through two games, Canada stands atop its group, two points clear of Saint Kitts and Nevis for the one automatic spot in the next qualifying round.

Panama also made a road statement Tuesday, topping Nicaragua, 2-1, behind goals from Luis Tejada and Blas Perez. In the three-team Group C, Panama is level on points with Nicaragua but has a game in hand while also already winning what should be its most difficult game in this qualifying round.

Here are the latest standings other results following Tuesday's CONCACAF qualifiers:

GROUP A

  1. El Salvador, 6 points
  2. Suriname, 4 points
  3. Dominican Republic, 1 point
  4. Cayman Islands, 0 points

Dominican Republic 1, Suriname 1

Cayman Islands 1, El Salvador 4

GROUP B

  1. Guyana, 6 points
  2. Trinidad and Tobago, 6 points
  3. Bermuda, 0 points
  4. Barbados, 0 points

Barbados 0, Trinidad and Tobago 2

Guyana 2, Bermuda 1

GROUP C

  1. Nicaragua, 3 points
  2. Panama, 3 points
  3. Dominica, 0 points

Nicaragua 1, Panama 2

GROUP D

  1. Canada, 6 points
  2. Saint Kitts and Nevis, 4 points
  3. Puerto Rico, 1 point
  4. Saint Lucia, 0 points

Puerto Rico 0, Canada 3

Saint Lucia 2, Saint Kitts and Nevis 4

GROUP E

  1. Guatemala, 6 points
  2. Belize, 3 points
  3. Grenada, 0 points
  4. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 0 points

Belize 1, Guatemala 2

GROUP F

  1. Antigua and Barbuda, 6 points
  2. Haiti, 6 points
  3. Curacao, 0 points
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands, 0 points

U.S. Virgin Islands 1, Antigua and Barbuda 8

Curacao 2, Haiti 4

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Do any of the early results surprise you? Which teams do you see topping the groups and advancing to the next qualifying round?

Share your thoughts below.

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19 Responses to Canada, Panama earn road victories in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

  1. Ferris says:

    What’s up with Group C only having three teams?

  2. hendrix says:

    Bahamas dropped out of the whole competition.

  3. Joey says:

    The Bahamas dropped out a few weeks ago and weren’t replaced. Their brand new stadium, financed by China, wasn’t quite ready because the Bahamians didn’t live up to their end of the bargain with China.

  4. rlw2020 says:

    wtf? wow going to look into this…

  5. rlw2020 says:

    horray Canada!

  6. Jack says:

    El Salvador-Cayman Islands highlights (on the Worst Pitch ever): link to youtube.com

  7. Shane says:

    Big congrats to Haiti with 6 points.

  8. Paula says:

    Wow, Haiti …

  9. fischy says:

    Kreis and RSL really dropped the ball with Tejada. MLS needs to make another run at this dangerous attacker. Ditto for Perez.

  10. Kejsare says:

    James Marcelin of the Timbers netting two goals from the two games.

  11. Disgruntled RedBulls Fan says:

    No real surprises here so far, right?

  12. Freddie says:

    Link is broken but I found this one : link to youtube.com

  13. SJ says:

    Not really. If I remember correctly, Tejada came in fat & out of shape. He never really did anything to get into shape during his stay, or change opinions that he was lazy.

    It says a lot that he couldn’t crack into RSL’s line-up back then.

  14. NC Jeff says:

    “Real” surprises – I would say no … a few minor upsets, but no big shockers. The teams expected to advance are all still in prime position. The biggest upset was Nicaragua over Dominica (world’s #179 over #136).

  15. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Canada, Guatemala, and Haiti are expected to win their Group. If these predictions comes true then the Third Round for the CONCACAF Quilfactions stagewould look like this:

    Group A
    USA
    Jamaica
    Guatemala
    Haiti

    Group B
    Mexico
    Costa Rica
    El Salvador
    Trinidad and Tobago

    Group C
    Honduras
    Cuba
    Panama
    Canada

  16. Paul Thomas says:

    You’d have to say Canada’s in great shape to finally get to the Hex.

  17. nic d "the TX 2 Stepper" says:

    I can’t wait til the next round!

  18. nic d "the TX 2 Stepper" says:

    Panama are no slouches. ALSO Cuba would be tons better if they could keep there players.

  19. GoCastillo says:

    not to diss cuba but am still shocked that Cuba was seeded higher than Panama