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USMNT could open with Mexico in World Cup qualifying hex round

Mexico v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States Men’s National Team in action against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (AP) The United States could open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup against Mexico.

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The Americans currently are second behind Trinidad and Tobago in Group C semifinals with two matches remaining. The top two teams advance to the six-nation finals, from which three teams automatically make the field for the World Cup in Russia.

Mexico is the only CONCACAF country to have clinched a spot in the regional finals. If the Americans win Group C, they will host their archrival to begin the final round.

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Should the United States finish second in Group C, it would take on the winner of Group B, also in a home match, to start the finals.

The U.S. has semifinal matches remaining at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, then against Trinidad and Tobago at Jacksonville, Florida on Sept. 6.