Believe it or not, Costa Rica is in first place for World Cup rankings

World Cup fever is growing in Costa Rica, encouraged by a 1-0 victory by the national team Friday night over Honduras at the Estadio Nacional.

Costa Rica’s team is in México today for a match with that country’s best Tuesday. The once-invincible México squeezed out a 0-0 tie with Panamá Friday.

The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team defeated Jamaica Friday night in Kingston.

The six-team North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying group will send three teams to Brazil for the World Cup next year. The fourth place team advances to a playoff against Oceania zone winner New Zealand for a possible berth.

Tuesday, the U.S. Soccer Team will host Panamá in Seattle, Washington, and on June 18 will play Honduras in Sandy, Utah, outside Salt Lake City.

Roy Miller scored in the first half as Costa Rica defeated visiting Honduras. Costa Rica now occupies first place on goal difference over the United States and Mexico, all on seven points.

After conceding an 89th minute equalizer, the United States pulled out its 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Brad Evans’ last minute goal against Jamaica

The U.S. earned its first-ever qualifying win ever at the Jamaican National Stadium as the visitors snapped a four-game winless (three draws and a loss) streak in Jamaica.

The defeat was a devastating one for the winless Jamaican players, who fell further behind the pack in their quest to clinch a World Cup berth.

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