The United States men's national team aims to tune up in its last CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match as Panama desperately aims to keep its Brazil bid alive in a Tuesday showdown.
The match will conclude the qualifying stages for each team, as the U.S. cruises to the group's top spot with ease after topping Jamaica 2-0 on Friday. Meanwhile, Panama comes in off a heartbreaking loss to Mexico that significantly altered its World Cup chances.
Let's break down everything you need to know for the upcoming matchup.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama
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Top Storyline: Will Depleted American Crew Give Panama Hope?
With the United States firmly locked in the top spot and Panama needing a win, there's no hiding that these two foes have very different mindsets heading in. But that won't stop Jurgen Klinsmann from playing his best guys, for the most part.
America had no trouble quelling Jamaica on Friday without these two stars in the fold, winning 2-0. But that was a much different atmosphere, as the U.S. played at home and against a foe who had no real shot at sneaking into a qualifying bid.
On Tuesday, they'll face a Panama team that needs to win in order to keep their World Cup bid alive.
There's no doubt that Klinsmann will have his guys ready to go despite the low stakes, especially considering the amount of work they'll need to put in over the next few months to have any conceivable shot at making noise next summer in Brazil.
The ironic part? A dominating U.S. victory could actually help bitter rival Mexico's chances of getting into the World Cup after all.
Prediction: United States 2, Panama 1
These two foes faced off in the Gold Cup final, where a U.S. team that didn't have many of its starters pulled out a 1-0 victory over a Panama team that had most of its best guys in uniform.
With a bit of a different slew of players this time around, I don't see the United States struggling too much to be in control of this one, despite Panama's high-stakes play.
Their opponent will be pushing the envelope quite a bit, but that leaves room to be attacked when players get out of position. Klinsmann's crew has been all about converting in opportunistic moments this year, and that will get them rolling to another victory.
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