Facts and figures
How Has the U.S. Fared Against its Hexagonal Foes?
Did you know the United States has an aggregate losing record in World Cup qualifying against its five final round opponents? Those numbers and more, courtesy of U.S. Soccer.
October 18, 2012
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The final round of World Cup qualifying starts on February 6, 2012. The Americans do not know their opponent yet, but U.S. Soccer put together a quick fact sheet about the five potential opponents: Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama.
Some things we learned:
The Stars and Stripes are 58-49-31 all-time against the five opponents but only 19-25-16 in World Cup qualifying. A lot of those losses come at the hands of Mexico (5-15-5 all-time) but the Americans also have a losing WCQ record against Costa Rica (5-8-3).
The goal differential is also worse in qualifying than in total games, minus 23 to minus 16.
The U.S. is 12-3-3 against Honduras all-time but only 3-1-1 versus the Catrachos in WCQ.
The Red, White, and Blue have lost only two WCQ matches to Honduras, Jamaica, and Panama combined.
There's plenty more over at U.S. Soccer.
Predictions for the Hexagonal? Can the U.S. come out on top again? Let us know in the comments.