While a pair of Seattle Sounders will be facing off in the United States-Panama game, two other Sounders have big games elsewhere. Joevin Jones’ Trinidad & Tabago probably need at least a point at home against Mexico to keep their hopes of a World Cup berth alive, while Nicolas Lodeiro’s Uruguay need to take advantage of a weak Peru.
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, 4 p.m.
After losing their first two games of the Hex, the Soca Warriors needed a win over Panama in a bad way. They got it. But they are still in fifth place and can’t really afford to drop too many more points at home if they are to qualify.
Mexico currently leads the Hex and are undeniably the best team in CONCACAF right now, especially after they handled Costa Rica easily on Friday.
Jones will likely start as the left-sided midfielder again, and the offense is likely to run through him just like it did against Panama. Expect for him to do a lot of running at Mexico right back Carlos Saucedo. Jones terrorized Panama last week, completing a rather shocking 93 percent of his passes and drawing several fouls in dangerous areas.
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Peru vs. Uruguay, 7:15 p.m.
Uruguay got off to a great start in qualifying and still find themselves in second place in the grueling South American qualifying process despite a 4-1 blowout loss at home to Brazil last week. Facing a Peru team currently in eighth, they need some points to stay ahead of the pack, as just three points separate them from sixth.
Lodeiro didn’t play against Brazil, but could easily slot in at any of the midfield spots.
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