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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings following March 30 matches

Here’s how the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stands coming out of the March 30th slate of games.

A general view of the Estadio Nacional prior the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

The World Cup qualifying process is coming to a close this week and CONCACAF wraps up Wednesday evening. The North American confederation has determined the four teams advancing to the next round of the process, but three of the four are competing to avoid an inter-confederation playoff.

Canada clinched an automatic berth in the World Cup, while the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica are left competing for two automatic berths and the inter-confederation playoff spot. The US and Mexico have a three-point lead on Costa Rica and leads in the goal differential tiebreaker, which is the first tiebreaker. The US has a +13 GD, Mexico is +7, and Costa Rica is +3. If the US and Mexico get wins or draws, they secure an automatic berth. If either loses and Costa Rica wins by enough goals to make up the differential, it would move one of them down into the playoff spot.

Three of the four matches have an impact on the qualifiers, and thus all four kick off at 9:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. We’ll update with results as they come in this evening.

Score updates (all at 9:05 p.m. ET)

Costa Rica 2, United States 0: The USMNT lost 2-0 but still qualified for the third CONCACAF automatic berth by not losing by six or more goals.

Mexico 2, El Salvador 0: Mexico handled its business with two first half goals. Although Mexico moved into a tie with Canada, El Tri finishes in second place in the group due to the goal differential tiebreaker.

Panama 1, Canada 0: The Canadians lost, but they still claim first place in the group. Mexico moved into a tie but they have the goal differential tiebreaker.

Jamaica 2, Honduras 1: The bottom two teams in the confederation faced off and Honduras remained winless.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings, through March 30

  1. Canada, 8-4-2, 28 Points, Goal Difference +16 (Clinched at least Inter-Confederation Playoff)
  2. Mexico, 8-4-2, 28 points, GD +9
  3. USA, 7-4-3, 25 Points, GD +11
  4. Costa Rica, 7-4-3, 25 points, GD +5
  5. Panama, 6-3-5, 21 Points, GD -2 (Eliminated)
  6. Jamaica, 2-5-7, 11 points, GD -11 (Eliminated)
  7. El Salvador, 2-4-8, 10 Points, GD -10 (Eliminated)
  8. Honduras, 0-4-10, 4 points, GD -17 (Eliminated)