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.
Wednesday was a fateful day in CONCACAF as Grenada hammered USVI, Belize made a date with Mexico and Barbados squeaked through.
With most of the squad playing professionally in the Netherlands, the Dutch Antilles are shaping up as surprise packages in South Africa qualifying.
Wednesday's slate of CONCACAF qualifiers had a little bit of everything - a 12-0 drubbing, a few upsets and a first-ever win on home soil.
With South Africa 2010 way off on the horizon, the underdogs from Central America and the Caribbean are taking their first steps.