The draw was tonight.....so here is my quick predictions before my research starts
Match 2 Dominica over British Virgin Islands big. The British Virgin Islands lost to the US Virgins in last cycle. British Virgins suck…no pun intended. Dominica big.
1) Canada will beat Dominica
2) Guatemala no one wanted. They are tremendous at home and will not allow a Caribbean nation to beat them there. Bermuda is the second best nation coming out of the 1st round and they journey to Russia will end in Guatemala City.
3) El Salvador will beat Saint Kitts and Nevis and this should be the biggest lopsided Match in the Second round. El Salvador will be getting ready for the next round.
4) Cuba will be tested against Curaco but will get by.
5) Dominican Rep will play Belize and I see this Caribbean nation advancing past a Central American nation. Dominican Republic are small, fast and determined....they however lack technical skills, Remember this is/was a baseball playing nation....
6)Aruba gets a lucky by drawing Barbados but we could see an upset or a correction in the rankings
7) Nicaragua unfortunately has to play the South American nation of Suriname. Suriname. I have been hoping Nicaragua will finally catch up to their Central American neighbors and advance. They however got a very tough draw in Suriname. Suriname (South America) are talented and tactically sound....This will be the best Round 2 series.
8)Antigua and Barbuda will face off against a tough Saint Lucia. Two small members
9)Guyana should beat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
10) Puerto Rico fans got a very difficult draw against Grenada. This is a game I hope the better team wins and on paper Puerto Rico will get their international players and advance.
The biggest problem I have is Round 2 and round 3 is it only has home and away. I think that these nations and their fans need more games like the 2014 qualification. Nations like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba could only have 2 games to promote the sport for the 2018 World Cup qualification. This will be very unfortunate for all the fans and an opportunity missed.