World Cup qualifying resumes Tuesday with six matches:


United States (3-1-1, 10 points) vs. Honduras (2-2-1, 7) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, 9 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN, UniMas, WatchESPN ( in Pacific time zone only)

Panama (1-1-3, 6) at Costa Rica (2-1-2, 8), 10 p.m. ET

TV: beIN Sport, beIN Sport Spanish


Australia vs. Iraq, 5:30 a.m. ET

South Korea vs. Iran, 8 a.m.

Uzbekistan vs. Qatar, 10 a.m.

Jordan vs. Oman, noon

TV: All matches on One World Sports

A closer look at Asia…..

Automatic berths: Four.

Clinched: Japan.

On verge: Australia will secure passage by defeating Iraq and South Korea needs a draw against Iran. With a draw, the Iranians are also almost assured of going through.

The third-place team in each of the two groups — Uzbekistan and Oman, at the moment — would meet in a two-game playoff in September, with the winner advancing to a playoff against South America’s fifth-place side.

*Meantime, a clearer picture is emerging in Africa…..

Five of the 10 slots in the fall’s final round have been filled: Ethiopia, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Algeria.

Other favorites: Ghana, Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Senegal.

Notables eliminated: South Africa and Morocco.

Final-round format: A draw will set the five home-and-away pairings to be played in October and November. The five winners will advance to Brazil next summer.

Only perfect team: Bob Bradley‘s Egyptian squad (5-0-0).

South Africa crashed out over the weekend with a 2-1 loss at Ethiopia, which has never qualified for the World Cup and hasn’t won the African Cup since 1962. Bafana Bafana becomes the first team since 1990 not to play in the World Cup after staging the previous tournament. (Mexico, the 1986 host, was banned from Italia ’90 for using overage players in a youth tournament.)

The go-ahead strike in South Africa’s loss was a spectacular own goal by Bernard Parker. Watch: