Costa Rica 2 – Honduras 0
In San Jose, Andy Furtado scored twice in the space of 11 minutes – in the 48th and 59th – to lift Costa Rica to a 2-0 victory.
After a scoreless first half, Furtado opened Costa Rica’s account by heading a free kick from the right by Celso Borges past goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Furtado struck again 11 minutes later, receiving another ball from the right and unleashing a blistering shot.
USA 2 – Mexico 0
USA continued their recent domination of Mexico with a well-deserved 2-0 victory to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio last night. Midfielder Michael Bradley scored goals at the conclusion of each half to blaze the way for the USA in front of a rabid pro-American sell-out crowd of 23,776 fans.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan (13-Ricardo Clark, 86), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (9-Jozy Altidore, 83)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Danny Califf, 17-Jose Francisco Torres, 12-Marvell Wynne
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez; 2-Aaron Galindo, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio; 6-Leandro Augusto, 12-Alberto Medina (15-Antonio Naelson, 60), 8-Pavel Pardo; 11-Carlos Ochoa, 10-Nery Castillo (14-Israel Martinez, 34), 17-Giovani dos Santos (9-Omar Bravo, 72)
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 18-Leobardo Lopez, 7-Luis Perez, 16-Guillermo Franco
Head Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson
El Salvador 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 2
Two goals from Osael Romero in the 79th and 90th earned the draw for the hosts after Trinidad and Tobago took a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Sunderland midfielder Carlos Edwards opened the scoring for the visitors in the seventh minute, firing a shot from outside the area that eluded goalkeeper Juan Jose Gomez.
Fellow Sunderland player Dwight Yorke doubled the margin in the 27th by converting a penalty that resulted from Luis Hernandez’s foul on Stern John.
A third penalty was later awarded to Trinidad and Tobago. However, it was badly missed by Stern John.
T&T: 1.Clayton Ince, 3.Aklie Edwards, 6.Dennis Lawrence, 5.Keyeno Thomas (4.Makan Hislop 12th), 16.Silvio Spann, 11.Carlos Edwards, 9.Keon Daniel, 7.Christopher Birchall (2.Clyde Leon 59th), 17.Dwight Yorke (capt), 14.Stern John (Cornell Glen 77th), 15.Kenwyne Jones.
Subs not used: 8.Anthony Wolfe, 12.Densill Theoblad, 18.Marvin Phillip, 10.Russell Latapy.
Coach: Francisco Maturana (COL).
El Salvador: 1.Juan Gomez, 2.Alexander Escobar, 3.Marvin Gonzalez, 5.Luis Hernandez (14.William Torres 33rd), 6.Shawn Martin (18.Salvador Coreas 60th), 7.Ramon Sanchez (capt), 8.Osael Romero, 9.Rudis Corrales (12.Rodolfo Zelaya 46th), 10.Eliseo Quintanilla, 15.Alfredo Pacheco, 17.Cristian Castillo.
Subs not used: 4.Deris Umanzor, 11.Miguel Montes, 13.Carlos Ayala, 16.Oscar Jimenez.
Coach: Carlos De Los Cobos (MEX)
The top three teams from the final CONCACAF “hexagonal” round will advance directly to the World Cup finals in South Africa. The fourth-placed team will play off for a spot in the tournament against the fifth-placed team from South America.
The next round of matches are on March 28, when Trinidad and Tobago host Honduras, Mexico host Costa Rica and El Salvador host the United States.