Unable to reach schedule, CONCACAF asks for draw

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NEW YORK (AP) - Unable to agree on a schedule for the final round of World Cup qualifying, the United States and five other nations in the hexagonal have asked FIFA to conduct a draw.

Representatives of the six federations in the North and Central American and Caribbean final round met Friday in Miami in an attempt to work out a schedule for the matches, which start Feb. 6 and end Oct. 15.

The U.S., seeking its seventh straight World Cup appeared, was joined at the CONCACAF meeting by Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Jamaica. The draw by FIFA may be held Nov. 7.

The top three nations qualify for the 2014 tournament in Brazil and the fourth-place team advances to a home-and-home playoff against the Oceania champion, likely New Zealand.

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