U.S. Faces Obstacles on Road to World Cup

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Let's start off by being honest: The United States has no business not qualifying for World Cup 2014. The final six-team round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying -- aka, the Hexagonal -- begins for the U.S. in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET, BeIN Sport). The math is simple: The top three finishers will advance to Brazil 2014, while the fourth-place team will go to a highly winnable playoff against the top qualifier from Oceania (almost certainly New Zealand).

Bottom line: Four of these six CONCACAF teams -- the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama -- will likely make it to the World Cup, and if the U.S. can't finish in the top four, well, then something's very, very wrong.

That's not to say everything will be easy for...

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