Costa Rica's La Nacion reports that CONCACAF will do away with the previously announced format for 2006 WC qualifying. This would eliminate the earliest round where the US would face off against what would likely be a pair of Caribbean minnows. Here's the link (articles in Spanish and site requires registration): http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2003/octubre/30/deportes2.html The newspaper article is based upon another article on the Costa Rican federation website in which the FEDEFUT president says CONCACAF general secretary Ted Howard described the changes. The early round would have been held in January. Instead the USMNT probably wouldn't start qualifiers until June (assuming we keep a schedule similar to the Ticos). Assuming this come to pass, it should have a major effect on the USMNT schedule. Thanks to Martin Cutler on Soccer American Grafitti for pointing this out.