U.S. midfielders Benny Feilhaber, left, and Michael Bradley gather at training session this week in Orlando area. (John Raoux/Associated Press)

ORLANDO — The CONCACAF hexagonal, 30 matches over 11 months to determine three automatic berths in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, enters the final stretch with one team having already clinched (Mexico), one on the verge of clinching (Costa Rica), one eliminated (Trinidad and Tobago), one in the mix but carrying a poor goal differential (Honduras) and the other two (United States and Panama) set to collide in a massive match Friday in Orlando.

From the U.S. perspective, victories in the last two qualifiers would secure a trip to the World Cup for the eighth consecutive time. For Panama, a victory Friday would probably lock up a berth for the first time.

Barring a pair of disastrous results, the Americans are primed to finish third (ticket to Russia) or fourth (two-leg playoff against Australia or Syria next month).

Here’s where things stand heading into Friday’s matches:

  1. Mexico 5-0-3, 18 points, +8 goal differential
  2. Costa Rica 4-1-3, 15 points, +7
  3. Panama 2-2-4, 10 points, +2
  4. United States 2-3-3, 9 points, +1
  5. Honduras 2-3-3, 9 points, -7
  6. Trinidad and Tobago 1-7-0, 3 points, -11

Friday’s schedule

United States vs. Panama in Orlando, 7:35 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Univision)

Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago in San Luis, 9:30 p.m. (FS1, Univision)

Costa Rica vs. Honduras in San Jose, 10 p.m. (beIN Sports, Universo)

If all the favored home teams win …

  1. Mexico 6-0-3, 21 points
  2. Costa Rica 5-1-3, 18 points
  3. United States 3-3-3, 12 points
  4. Panama 2-3-4, 10 points
  5. Honduras 2-4-3, 9 points
  6. Trinidad and Tobago 1-8-0, 3 points

What it means: Costa Rica clinches. The Americans would finish no worse than fourth next week because, even if they were to lose their finale and Honduras won, they would have a superior goal differential. With a victory in that last game at T&T, the United States would earn an automatic berth as the third-place side. With a draw at T&T, the Americans, in order to finish third, would need Panama to lose or draw at home against Costa Rica in the last match. A Panama victory next week would pull it even with the United States, leaving goal differential (and perhaps the second tiebreaker, goal scored) to decide the final automatic berth.

If Mexico and Costa Rica win Friday but the United States draws with Panama …

  1. Mexico 6-0-3, 21 points
  2. Costa Rica 5-1-3, 18 points
  3. Panama 2-2-5, 11 points
  4. United States 2-3-4, 10 points
  5. Honduras 2-4-3, 9 points
  6. Trinidad and Tobago 1-8-0, 3 points

What it means: The Americans would no longer control their future as Panama could lock up a berth by winning the last match at home against Costa Rica. Los Canaleros would face unprecedented expectations to get it done against a Costa Rica team that, with a berth already in its possession, would probably play some secondary players. Fourth place would look more and more likely for the United States, but even that consolation prize wouldn’t be certain because Honduras could catch up (though los Catrachos would have to get a result at home against Mexico).

If Mexico and Costa Rica win Friday and the United States loses to Panama …

  1. Mexico 6-0-3, 21 points
  2. Costa Rica 5-1-3, 18 points
  3. Panama 3-2-4, 13 points
  4. United States 2-4-3, 9 points
  5. Honduras 2-4-3, 9 points
  6. Trinidad and Tobago 1-8-0, 3 points

What it means: Costa Rica clinches. Panama clinches. The United States would need to win at T&T just to assure itself of a place in the intercontinental playoff.

All of these scenarios assume Honduras loses at Costa Rica on Friday. If Honduras somehow gets a point (or three) in San Jose, the Americans’ margin for error tightens even more.

Tuesday’s schedule

Trinidad and Tobago vs. United States in Couva, 8 p.m. ET (beIN Sports, Universo)

Panama vs. Costa Rica in Panama City, 8 p.m. (TV tba)

Honduras vs. Mexico in San Pedro Sula, 8 p.m. (TV tba)