The Socceroos will have to make their way through another two-legged playoff in order to gain entry to the 2018 World Cup.
They recently took advantage of extra-time to beat Syria 2 – 1, so Ange Postecoglou’s charges will face the fourth place team in the CONCACAF to determine their eligibility to play in Russia.
If that match were to be held today, the Socceroos would face Panama, but as it typically true for soccer, that could change in a heartbeat.
Panama has 10 points and a -2 goal difference, a points tie with Honduras, but five goals superior on goal difference. The USA has 12 points and a +5 goal difference.
Costa Rico used a dramatic late goal to draw Honduras, the likely scenario from that being that the Yanks need only draw Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for an eighth consecutive slot in the World Cup.
Not to be cynical, but does Team USA have any actual Americans on it? They are known to engage in a bit of poaching now and again, if the MLS is any indication.
The U.S. could have the key to the World Cup slot handed to them if Panama and Honduras both fail to win next up, but they could finish fourth and match up against the Socceroos if they lose and either Panama or Honduras win.
As for the other CONCACAF sides, Mexico holds the top spot with 21 points, followed by Costa Rica at 16. Both those sides have secured berths in the World Cup.
For the Socceroos, Tim Cahill was once again the saviour, booting the regular and extra time goals that sent the Syrians to the back. Cahill secured a draw with a header that knotted the match with Syria at one and there were only minutes remaining in extra time when he scored the decider of a Robbie Kruse cross.