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Costa Rica-Honduras World Cup qualifier postponed until Saturday

Friday's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between Costa Rica and Honduras has been postponed until Saturday due to severe rainfall caused by tropical storm Nate, the Costa Rican soccer federation has announced.

"Given the difficult situation that our country is suffering from due to the tropical storm, the Costa Rican federation together with the government and authorities from FIFA have decided to reschedule the qualifier game against Honduras for next Saturday at 4 p.m. local time," the FCF said in a statement.

Tropical storm Nate ravaged Central America on Thursday as it dumped rain across the region on a path that would carry it toward a potential landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast over the weekend.

Costa Rica -- in second place in the region -- are one point away from guaranteeing a spot in the 2018 World Cup, with Honduras, Panama and the United States vying for the third and fourth place.

The U.S. hosts Panama on Friday, trailing its visiting third-place opponent by one point and level on points with Honduras, but ahead on goal differential for the fourth spot.

The delay means that the teams that play on Friday won't know qualification scenarios ahead of Tuesday's final round of matches until the Costa Rica-Honduras match is completed some 24 hours later than originally scheduled.

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