On Friday, we saw something unusual: The U.S., Mexico and Canada all won on the same day.
The U.S. blasted Caribbean minnows St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1 in St. Louis to kick off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, while Mexico cruised to a 3-0 win at the Estadio Azteca against El Salvador. Canada, who already began World Cup qualifying earlier in the year, began this group stage phase with a 1-0 win over Honduras in Vancouver.
The last time the United States, Mexico and Canada senior men's national teams all won competitive games on the same day: Oct. 12, 2012, during qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
Now, bear in mind that since Canada has played fewer competitive games over time than the U.S. and Mexico, the opportunities for this occurrence are not commonplace. That said, the fact that Canada haven't won a game in the last two Gold Cups means it's not simply a matter of all three teams playing competitively at the same time, either.
But it's striking nonetheless how seldom it happens. And while it theoretically could take place again on Tuesday, when the U.S. take on Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, Mexico face Honduras in San Pedro Sula, and Canada play El Salvador in San Salvador, the chances that all three countries, two powerhouses and one looking to gain a foothold in the region, will all three win on the road in CONCACAF is slim. But that's why they play the games, as they say.
Either way, it's a fascinating time to follow the three programs. Mexico, just embarking on a new chapter under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio. The U.S., going through some growing pains at the moment under embattled-yet-apparently-safe head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. And Canada, who were pretty much preoccupied with beating Honduras, and now that they've done that, what's the true ceiling on how far they can go in qualifying? Can they manage to make the hexagonal this time around?
Will these three countries go three years before the next day they all win? Time will tell, of course.
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