USMNT vs Panama Live
USMNT vs Panama Live Bruce Arena, the coach of the U.S. men’s national team, has been hesitant to label his team’s current set of games as “must-wins.” Yet Friday’s match vs. Honduras certainly felt that way. The match in Panama on Tuesday has an air of urgency too.
As Arena put it beforehand: “I don’t think we’re hanging on by a fingernail yet, but we’re getting close.”
So, with one win in three games of World Cup qualifying, how important is it that the USMNT gets a result in Panama on Tuesday?
Well, first the bad news: No CONCACAF team has ever lost its first two matches of “the Hex” and still qualified for the World Cup without needing a playoff – and the USMNT lost its first two matches before coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired. But now the good news: The USMNT has plenty of opportunity to catch up, mathematically speaking, and the win vs. Honduras — plus wiping out their negative goal differential — helped a lot.
But the USMNT has a lifeline beyond that – they can try for the fourth-place spot, which would earn them an intercontinental playoff spot for a World Cup berth. In previous cycles, the fourth-place finish for a playoff spot has required between 11 and 13 points. If that holds true again, the USMNT could conceivably manage to qualify for the World Cup with even just one more win over the next seven games of the Hex if they got a lot of draws. Or, they could win all their remaining home games and lose every road match.
But that playoff match is far from a sure thing and the USMNT is undoubtedly aiming to qualify outright without even thinking about the fourth-place spot, at least at this point. The goal is very much finishing in third place, at a minimum.
As such, getting results on the road is a mathematical requirement for the USMNT now to qualify outright, and if they can get any points in Panama on Tuesday, that will be a good result.
When or where the USMNT earns points on the road doesn’t matter, but Panama represents one of the best opportunities the Americans have. Panama is one of the weakest teams in the final round of qualifying and it will be a lot easier for the USMNT to nab points there than in, say, Mexico.To find out how to watch a live stream of the Panama vs. USMNT match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. local time at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama, on Tuesday, March 28. For fans in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 p.m. Pacific.
Still wounded from the first two matches of the Hex but buoyed by its demolition of Honduras, the United States men’s national team faces an inspired Panama on Tuesday night in Panama City.
The Yanks arose from the ashes of losses to Mexico and Costa Rica to bury Honduras 6-0 Friday behind a Clint Dempsey hat trick and a goal and two assists from Christian Pulisic.
A win on Tuesday in Panama gives the U.S. something that can only soothe the nerves ahead of two summer qualifiers and the Gold Cup: Top Three status in the Hex (as is always expected).
Now the resurgent Americans face a Panama side which sits above them on the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table, having narrowed the gap on a Los Canaleros side who itself has narrowed its sights on a USMNT which burned them nearly four years ago.