Friday, January 11, 2008

Concacaf World Cup qualifiers moved due to unsafe stadiums

Fifa has ruled that the Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Surinam cannot host World Cup qualifiers because their stadiums do not meet the organizations standards.

All four of these teams were due to take part in home-home series in the first round of qualifying, however their series will no consist of just one game with the winner advancing to the second round. Interestingly enough, Montserrat and Surinam were set to play each other, but since neither stadium passed, they will now play in Trinidad and Tobago. The winner of this game will advance to play Guyana. No word yet if that series will be one game.

Other teams this might affect are Honduras (if the Dominican Republic wins) and Costa Rica (if U.S. Virgin Islands advance).

I guess this could also touch Mexico and Canada if they advance out of the second round along with the Dominican Republic as they would have to play them in the third round. The only way this will come into play for the US is if any of these teams make it to the final round.

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