INFOGRAPHICS: Game-by-game of how the USMNT qualified for 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups
The United States men's national team is searching for its first points of the Hex - the final, six-team round of World Cup Qualifying in the CONCACAF region. After losing its first two games of the round, the U.S. hope sto start its recovery on Friday in San Jose, California, when Honduras visits Avaya Stadium.
How does this year's start compare to previous cycles? We have some visuals. Below are three graphs that should make it easier for the visually-inclined to see how the U.S. and Mexico, among their CONCACAF brethren, fared in final-round qualifying during the three previous cycles.
If you don't see a color, then that team didn't get points. We don't waste our RGB cache on losers.
Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Mexico qualified after finishing fourth and beating New Zealand, 9-3 on aggregate in a playoff.
Honduras, Mexico and the United States qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Costa Rica finished fourth in CONCACAF and lost to Uruguay, 2-1 on aggregate in a playoff.
Costa Rica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States qualified for the 2006 World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago qualified after finishing fourth and defeating Bahrain, 2-1 in a playoff.