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Hexagonal fixtures confirmed in CONCACAF

The final six-team group, also known as the Hexagonal, will be played over ten matchdays between February and October 2013.
The top three finishers from the final round will qualify automatically for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place finisher will play off home and away against a team from the Oceania zone – which at this stage could be either New Zealand or New Caledonia.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA begin their campaign with a tricky road test in Honduras on January 6 at San Pedro Sula’s Estadio Olimpico, the very same ground where the Catrachos dismantled Canada 8-1 in their last qualifying game.
The good news for the Americans is that they avoid a midsummer trip to Mexico’s steamy Estadio Azteca. Instead, they will travel to their arch-rivals from south of the border in their third game on 26 March.
“We’ve got to go to places like Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras with the mentality that you are spot-on once you get on the field,” said Klinsmann. “I think that if the players are aware of that like they were the last two, three games, when they got the job done, then we will also qualify for Brazil in 2014.”
Reigning CONCACAF and Olympic champions Mexico, who finished the semi-final round of Brazil 2014 qualifying with a perfect record in their six games, open their Hexagonal account against Jamaica in Mexico City.
Central American giants Costa Rica meet neighbours Panama in Panama City in their first game.
“After a very exciting third round in the CONCACAF qualifiers we are very much looking forward to the last stage to begin,” said FIFA Head of World Cup and Olympic Qualifying Gordon Savic, who was on hand for the event in the US state of Florida.
Hexagonal Schedule
6 February
Mexico-Jamaica
Honduras-USA
Panama-Costa Rica
22 March
Jamaica-Panama
Honduras-Mexico
USA-Costa Rica
26 March
Mexico-USA
Panama-Honduras
Costa Rica-Jamaica
7 June
Jamaica-USA
Panama-Mexico
Costa Rica-Honduras
11 June
Mexico-Costa Rica
Honduras-Jamaica
USA-Panama
18 June*
Jamaica-Mexico
USA-Honduras
Costa Rica-Panama
6 September
Mexico-Honduras
Panama-Jamaica
Costa Rica-USA
10 September
Jamaica-Costa Rica
Honduras-Panama
USA-Mexico
11 October
Mexico-Panama
Honduras-Costa Rica
USA-Jamaica
15 October
Jamaica-Honduras
Panama-USA
Costa Rica-Mexico
* The fixture involving Mexico on 18 June will be moved to 4 June to allow Mexico, the CONCACAF representative, to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
Story courtesy of FIFA.com.
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