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U.S. Gets Tough CONCACAF Hex Draw

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The road to the 2014 Brazil World Cup included a brief stop on South Beach on Wednesday night for a glitzy CONCACAF Hexagonal draw ceremony complete with women in gowns selecting small soccer balls from glass bowls.

Executives from the CONCACAF region — North and Central America and the Caribbean — and representatives of the six national teams in contention gathered at the W Hotel for the event, which determined the pairings for the final round of qualifying. Matches will be held between Feb. 6 and Oct. 15, 2013.

Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and the United States are the six teams that advanced to the Hexagonal. Each team will play every other team twice — once at home, once away — for a total of 10...

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