With one game left, here's what needs to happen for USA to qualify for 2018 World Cup

The United States men's national team's World Cup qualifying campaign is fully back on track after the dominant 4-0 win over Panama on Friday night, putting the Americans firmly in third place and in great shape to qualify directly to the 2018 World Cup. 

In history, 13 points is usually good enough to get the fourth-place spot, which takes the team to a playoff for a place in the World Cup, but it has at times been enough to finish in third. 

Here's how things are looking at the moment: 

Standings

POS. TEAM W D L GD PTS
1. Mexico* 6 3 0 10 21
2. Costa Rica* 4 4 1 7 16
3. USA 3 3 3 5 12
4. Panama 2 4 3 -2 10
5. Honduras 2 4 3 -7 10
6. Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 8 -13 3

*Qualified

Clinching scenarios

Win vs. Trinidad and Tobago A victory would automatically clinch a spot at the cup. Simple enough.

Draw vs. Trinidad and Tobago and Panama does not win by eight goals vs. Costa Rica.

Lose vs. Trinidad and Tobago and a Panama loss/draw combined with Honduras loss to Mexico. 

Remaining schedule and prediction


At Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.
Prediction: Draw

That would give the U.S. 13 points in the standings, and it should be enough to get at least fourth place but probably is enough to secure third since it's highly unlikely Panama can obliterate Costa Rica and overcome the massive goal differential.


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