Confident U.S. Heads to Panama

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By JACK HAZZARD

Last week, American soccer fans were biting their fingernails and gnashing their teeth as they nervously awaited the United States’ crucial World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.

Now, United States fans are breathing easier after a resounding 6-0 victory over Honduras in San Jose, Calif. A win for Coach Bruce Arena & Company on Tuesday night against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernández would put the U.S. back into the thick of the race for one of three automatic berths from the CONCACAF region in the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. opened the Hex with losses against Mexico and at Costa Rica.

Panama has collected a win, a draw and a loss so far. Its only win came in Panama’s first match of the round, against Honduras, 1-0. Panama then played an underwhelming 0-0 draw against Mexico in mid-November, but lost to Trinidad and Tobago.

After this week’s match, the United States will play twice in June, against Trinidad & Tobago (June 9) and at Mexico (June 11) before preparing for this summer’s Gold Cup tournament, which kicks off on July 7.

The United State-Panama will be carried bybeIN Sports, Telemundo, and Universo at 10 p.m. Eastern. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:05 p.m.