Two-time FIFA World Cup finalists El Salvador lead the pack in CONCACAF Round 2's Group A of qualifying for Brazil 2014, with Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and Suriname chasing unlikely glory.
El Salvador have had their ups and downs, but the Central Americans are hoping to ride recent form back up the ladder with an eye to CONCACAF Gold Cup success and a third FIFA World Cup appearance.
Struggling Mexico and Honduras both took qualifying comfort with home wins over Trinidad and Tobago and El Salvador respectively.
New coach Javier Aguirre debuted with a loss as Mexico's recent disappointing run in FIFA World Cup qualifying continued in El Salvador.
El Salvador spoiled Javier Aguirre's return as Mexico boss, handing El Tri a shock loss on the road, while Costa Rica and USA made strides.
Mexico were back to losing ways in Honduras while the United States and Costa Rica won out in an increasingly intriguing CONCACAF hexagonal.