World Cup Preview: U.S., Mexico & more

With Japan becoming the first nation to qualify for the World Cup this week, winners and losers are beginning to emerge along the long road to Brazil.

Hexagonal basement dwellers Jamaica, led by former Galaxy netminder Donovan Ricketts, will face the U.S. tonight (6:30 BeIN Sport) with the knowledge they could soon join the ranks of the losers, but are nonetheless exuding confidence publicly.

Other televised CONCACAF games include:

*Panama-Mexico, (7 p.m. Telemundo), where first place in the group is up for grabs.

*Costa Rica-Honduras (9 p.m. BeIN Sport)

BTW, Tuesday’s games are back on ESPN, which has a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. with Mexico-Costa Rica followed by U.S.-Panama.

Meanwhile, ESPN has announced it will show all 52 games from the Under-20 World Cup that kicks off June 21 with all three U.S. group games on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. As expected, the U.S. squad has a large Southern California contingent.


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