The United States' group for the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying is set. Guatemala and St. Vincent and the Grenadines won their third round qualifiers on Tuesday, finalizing their spots in Group C alongside the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago.
The draw for the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying was done in the summer. The U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago, by virtue of their FIFA world ranking, entered the competition in the round and were put in Group C. But the two other spots were drawn as the winner of the Guatemala/Antigua and Barbuda qualifier, as well as the St. Vincent and Grenadines/Aruba tie, neither of which had been played yet so it wasn't clear exactly which teams would be in Group C.
Antigua and Barbuda beat Guatemala, 1-0, in the first leg of their qualifier on Friday. That gave them a lead, but not a ton of confidence as they'd have to hold on at Guatemala to pull off the upset. They weren't able to do so, as Guatemala scored twice in the second half of the second leg on Tuesday night to win the tie, 2-1, and advance to the semifinal round.
St. Vincent and Grenadine had a strong first leg, winning 2-0 at home and putting them in the driver's seat heading to Aruba. for Tuesday's second leg. Things started well for Aruba, who scored twice to bring the tie level, but Tevin Slater scored in the 84th minute to advance.
The U.S. will open up World Cup qualifying against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on November 13 in St. Louis, MO. That will be followed by a trip to Trinidad and Tobago four days later.
World Cup qualifying semifinal round
November 13 vs. St. Vincent and Grenadines - Busch Stadium, St. Louis
November 17 at Trinidad and Tobago - Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
March 25 at Guatemala - Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City
March 29 vs. Guatemala - TBD
September 2 at St. Vincent and Grenadines - Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown
September 6 vs. Trinidad and Tobago - TBD