Nine teams from CONCACAF will move on to the group stages at the weekend, while nine more will have to contemplate where it all went wrong.
Bermuda beat Caribbean giants Trinidad and Tobago on a weekend which saw the US stroll and Mexico edge Belize in nervy fashion.
Honduras booked passage to the group stages of CONCACAF qualifying on Saturday as Guatemala roared and Costa Rica were held by Grenada.
A week before Costa Rica begin a journey they hope will lead all the way to South Africa 2010, coach Hernan Medford sounded a note of caution.
After struggling in his first season in European football, Gent's Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz has gone on to take the Jupiler League by storm.
Wednesday was a fateful day in CONCACAF as Grenada hammered USVI, Belize made a date with Mexico and Barbados squeaked through.