2019 Concacaf Nations League October Watch Guide

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The first round of the Concacaf Nations League brought incredible individual performances, upstart teams, and a whole lot more to the first competition that features all 41 member associations in the federation. Now it's time for another round, as over 30 games go down in the October FIFA international break. 

Check out the full Nations League schedule here.

There's a ton of action all across the board, but of course there's one thing preeminently true about the October games: This is El Tri's time.

Mexico

October 11: at Bermuda

October 15: vs Panama

After winning the Gold Cup in mostly sound fashion over the summer, Gerardo "Tata" Martinez's men won't want to rest on their laurels for the first-ever Nations League. Mexico will be able to accomplish two things at once, given their opponents in Group B of League A (Panama and Bermuda): develop younger players and better overall roster depth while simultaneously looking to add to their trophy case.

Other League A Games To Watch

October 10: Trinidad & Tobago vs Honduras

Group C is probably the League A batch most up in the air. Through the first two games, Trinidad & Tobago split two draws with Martinique, and each side now sits at the top of the table with two points. Honduras has a chance to take control in October.

October 13: Costa Riva vs Curacao

Los Ticos lost to Mexico in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup over the summer, and they'll be itching to get back to winning ways in Concacaf competitive play. They face off against a Curacao side that won a game and drew a game vs Haiti to now lead the group with four points. 

League B & C Games To Watch

October 12: Montserrat vs El Salvador

League B, Group B, is one of the most competitive groups in all of the Nations League, and this game is going to be pivotal. The tiny, tiny nation of Montserrat has raced out to a one-point advantage, but the much larger El Salvador and Dominican Republic are lurking.

October 15: Cayman Islands vs Saint Martin

The Cayman Islands currently lead their group with six points, and if they want to stick the nail in the coffin they'll earn six more points against Saint Martin.

To see the full Concacaf schedule, visit our event page. Also note that FloFC is not streaming the U.S. group games. 

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