UMFan83 wrote:I don't imagine we blow this, but it is a little unnerving that the 2 teams that have to win to eliminate the US (in the event of a loss - which is unlikely) are both playing at home against teams that have nothing to play for.
You would think Mexico would help the US return the favor for 4 years ago and play for a point today but I don't think they give 2 horsefeathers about helping us.
1. Both Mexico and Costa Rica can improve their FIFA ranking to get into a better selection pot in the WC draw, which is better than nothing.
2. If the USMNT can't at least draw T&T, they deserve nothing.
I forgot about the fact that all teams are seeded now. I would never expect Mexico or CR to flat out tank a game but I don't see them putting max effort in facing squads that are desperate for points. Plus if they were really playing for better seeding, a draw doesn't help them all that much, they want to win, so they might be more aggressive on the attack and concede goals. Mexico's B team should hypothetically be better than Honduras though.
Either way, I feel confident but you know how my mind works, always looking at the extreme possibilities that aren't likely to matter.