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.
Guatemala coach Ramon Maradiaga speaks exclusively to FIFA.com ahead of CONCACAF's forthcoming qualifiers for football's premier event.
Wednesday was a fateful day in CONCACAF as Grenada hammered USVI, Belize made a date with Mexico and Barbados squeaked through.
St. Lucia coach Terrence Caroo is sure his side can turn things around when Turks & Caicos come calling this month, as FIFA.com found out.