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Nov 8, 2012

USA start 'Hexagonal' on the road

The USA face a tough start to life in the final round of the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament as they were drawn away in three of their first four fixtures.

The six countries involved in the 'hexagonal round' were unable to agree on the schedule of games, so CONCACAF completed a draw for the fixtures that saw Jurgen Klinsmann's USA side open their campaign in Honduras on February 6, before hosting Costa Rica on March 22, then travelling to Mexico on March 26. They then visit Jamaica on June 7.

"In a draw like that nothing is going to turn out perfectly. Usually, a team would like to have the first game at home, but if you don't have the first game at home you make the best out of it," Klinsmann said.

"If you get the results on the road, there will be far more confidence in your home games and you can finish it off. It's fine with me. We've just got to be really sharp and focused and get the job done on the road in difficult environments.

"I think it's an exciting group and it will go all the way down to the last game to decide who is going to the World Cup."

Three CONCACAF teams will advance directly to the final tournament in Brazil, but the fourth-placed country will play off against a side from the Oceania region, most likely New Zealand.

Friday, June 7
Jamaica v. U.S.
Panama v. Mexico
Costa Rica v. Honduras

Tuesday, June 11
Mexico v. Costa Rica
Honduras v. Jamaica
U.S. v. Honduras

Tuesday, June 18**
Jamaica v. Mexico
U.S. v. Honduras
Costa Rica v. Panama

Friday, September 6
Mexico v. Honduras
Panama v. Jamaica
Costa Rica v. U.S.

Tuesday, September 10
Jamaica v. Costa Rica
Honduras v. Panama
U.S. v. Mexico

Friday, October 11
Mexico v. Panama
Honduras v. Costa Rica
U.S. v. Jamaica

Tuesday, October 15
Jamaica v. Honduras
Panama v. U.S.
Costa Rica v. Mexico

** The fixture involving Mexico on June 18 will be moved to June 4 to allow Mexico, the CONCACAF representative, to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

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