Tonight, the CONCACAF region will feature the second match of the latest round of 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. The United States are in Central America to face Guatemala, Mexico are playing El Salvador, and Canada is hosting Honduras. All three matches are sure to be crackers. But the availability to watch these matches differs dramatically.
First, if you haven't heard, the USMNT-Guatemala match is unavailable on network or cable television. The home countries control television rights in CONCACAF, and unlike most matches when hosts sell the rights to a channel in the opponent's country, this match is only available on pay per view. To watch it at home costs $30, or you could go to a bar that ponied up and watch it there. On the U.S. Soccer website, you'll find this list with bars that will be showing the match (which starts at 7 pm PDT tonight). As you'll see, there are several bars in the greater Los Angeles area on the list, and if you are in San Diego, O'Brien's Pub will be showing it as well. There may also be other bars not on the list that will have the match, but it's probably a good idea to call ahead lest you be disappointed.Unlike the hoops that U.S. fans will have to jump through to see the game, the Mexico-El Salvador match will be on Televisa (if you get Tijuana channel 12, it will also be shown on that station). Still, this match is not without some controversy off the field of its own, as this report on Yahoo! Sports says that El Salvador's football association decided to charge journalists for press passes, a practice that is virtually unheard of. This match kicks off at 6:30 pm PDT tonight.
Canada will be hosting Honduras tonight (4:45 pm PDT), but because I guess there's not really a market for the Canadian national team in the United States, it will not be televised on American TV (in Canada, it will be aired on Sportsnet). Chivas USA defender Ante Jazic may feature for Canada, and we'll let you know if he does and how he does.
So, any predictions for any of these matches? Any tips on goal scorers? Leave a comment below!