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2018 World Cup preliminary draw: USA learns path to Hex

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The United States avoided the toughest possible pairing in the fourth round of CONCACAF's 2018 World Cup qualifying, but they could end up in a Seattle Sounders-heavy group it was revealed on Saturday during the preliminary draw. Joining the United States in Group C will be Trinidad & Tobago, as well as potentially Guatemala and St. Vincent and Grenadines. Marco Pappa plays for Guatemala, while S2 forward Oalex Anderson is St. Vincents' top scorer.

Group C will begin play on Nov. 13 and then meet again on Nov. 17.

But before Group C's four-team, double-round-robin play can begin, the third-round of qualifying must first conclude. Guatemala will face Antigua and Barbuda on Aug. 31 and Sept. 8, while St. Vincent and Grenadines will play Aruba.

The top two teams from Group C will ultimately advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying along with the top two teams from the other two groups, dubbed the Hexagonal because it includes six teams.

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