A draw in Jamaica on Tuesday was all that was left for Honduras to do to book their place at a second straight World Cup finals. FIFA.com takes a closer look at five key points along the qualifying way.
Stoke City's Wilson Palacios has emerged as Honduras' beating heart in their hunt for a direct qualifying spot at Brazil 2014, and he is not ready to give up any points against Costa Rica at home.
Costa Rica and the USA can both book their places at Brazil 2014 on Tuesday, while Mexico face a clash on the road against their arch-rivals amid a deepening crisis.
Honduras ace Carlos Costly sat down for an exclusive chat with FIFA.com, touching on his hopes of reaching Brazil 2014, his new national team coach and how CONCACAF has improved.
Honduras will be the team to beat in next year's CONCACAF qualifying Group 3, a wide-open affair with Canada, Cuba and Panama all looking like potential spoilers.
FIFA.com takes a look back at the final few hours of a transfer window that once again went all the way down to the wire.