The United States Men’s National Team’s trip to Panama for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier will have additional meaning for both teams on top of the three points on offer. That’s because the match falls on the anniversary of USMNT’s elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Panama’s first-ever World Cup qualification, which is. the direct result.
The United States’ 2-1 defeat in Trinidad on October 10, 2017, coupled with Panama’s home victory over Costa Rica (88th minute winner by Roman Torres), made a permanent mark in the history of football for the United States. two nations in the previous World Cup round. . For this reason, there should be a party atmosphere at the sold-out Estadio Rommel Fernandez as Panama aim for its first-ever victory against the United States in a World Cup qualifier.
The Americans, ranked No.13 in the world, are 6-0-2 all-time in the playoffs against No.68-ranked Panama, and they head to Panama City with a convincing two-game winning streak in qualification that coincided with the emergence of 18-year-old striker Ricardo Pepi. He’s started both of those matches – wins over Honduras (4-1) and Jamaica (2-0) – and Pepi has been involved in all six goals, scoring three of them. Pepi is out with 20 minutes left against Jamaica and is likely to resume the start in Panama as US men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter climbs a hot hand for first place in the standings.
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Panama fell 1-0 to El Salvador on Thursday in a game played in difficult weather and terrain conditions. It was only the first defeat of the Canaleros in this qualifying cycle (1-1-2, 5 points), but it remains in fourth place all the same. The top three teams get automatic berths and the fourth-place team advance to the World Cup qualifiers.
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46th minute: SUBS – Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson for Yunus Musah and Paul Arriola. And Adams immediately got stuck.
Halftime: Panama 0, USA 0
Half time: The USMNT was simply slower, less consistent, and second on every ball. There were no notable points for the Americans other than goaltender Matt Turner. If the Panamanians had been more clinical in the area, they could have taken the advantage in this first half. Turner offered big tips. Perhaps it was too much to expect a clean game from a starting XI when there were seven changes to the USMNT’s starting lineup.
45th min: What a stop from Turner! Quintero finds Barcenas on the right and he sends a ball to the far post which Turner must tip for a corner. It was coming in. Panama was the best camp here a mile and a half out of the country.
42nd minute: In the last 10 minutes Alberto Quintero is the traveling player while Edgar Barcenas has gone to the right. This causes problems for the USMNT when they can find him in the space behind the American midfielder.
38th minute: Hopeful shot from a distance from Shaq Moore, but he is far from the goal.
34th minute: The gift of the United States (Kellyn Acosta) and Alberto Quintero rams the heart of the USMNT defense, he serves Gondola, but Matt Turner manages to stop at one hand. It wouldn’t have counted for a really tight offside. Sloppy from the United States so far.
27th minute: Without making it up – Panama has just attempted two olimpicos (goals outside the corners). Matt Turner needs to tip the two curling balls out of play.
25 min. : Yunus Musah is the brightest player on the field for the USMNT and starts the movement that frees Sebastian Lletget on the left. His cross in the box misses Paul Arriola, who wanted the penalty. He felt like he was being held in the box. No call.
21st minute: It was a passive start for the United States. Gregg Berhalter looks frustrated on the sidelines. The Americans do not manage to keep a sustained possession and Panama falls back to their throats.
14th minute: Fantastic cross in the area of Gondola on the left and Rolando Blackburn can not finish. A nice cross on the edge of the US six yard box.
11th minute: Panama is now enjoying a period of play and it is no surprise that threats are generated offshore. Alberto Quintero active on the right and Freddy Gondola on the left. The USMNT is absorbing the pressure well so far.
4th minute: Early corner kick for the USMNT and Walker Zimmerman sends a header that goalkeeper Luis Mejia knocks over the bar.
1st minute: Were out. One Nashville SC player commanding each side:
Walker Zimmerman captain of the USMNT in a World Cup qualifying match against a Panamanian team led by Aníbal Godoy. After the fight it took to get @NashvilleSC there, I am not going to lie, I am a little taken aback by the emotions which I felt while watching this draw.
– clay serums (@ClayLaSoul) 10 October 2021
6:05 p.m .: Pre-game festivities are on the sidelines. The teams are in place. The match is about to start.
17:39: To fill:
5:05 p.m .: USMNT in white. Assuming Panama in the red:
4:31 p.m .: The USMNT takes an unbeaten record in the Rommel Fernandez.
Panama-United States, 5 MOT on Paramount + & Universo (4 pre-game MOT on Paramount +).
?? #USMNT is undefeated away from Panama (3 wins, 2 draws), including 2 wins and 2 draws in qualifying for the World Cup.
– Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) 10 October 2021
4:23 p.m .: American outlaws take advantage of Panama:
4:04 p.m .: Fans are already making their way inside the stadium:
How to watch Panama against the United States
- Dated: Sunday October 10
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
- TV channels: Universo
- Diffusion: fuboTV, Paramount +
The fifth USMNT World Cup qualifier will be broadcast in Spanish on Universo, which is also broadcast on fuboTV, which is available on a 7-day free trial.
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Line-ups of the United States against Panama
Matt Turner, Walker Zimmerman, Yunus Musah and Paul Arriola are the only repeat starters as US manager Gregg Berhalter makes significant changes to the side. The USMNT is without Weston McKennie, Antonee Robinson and Zack Steffen, who have all headed straight to Columbus, Ohio, in preparation for the third and final World Cup qualifying game to be played Wednesday in October against Costa Rica. . McKennie is resting a painful quad, while Robinson and Steffen will not make the trip to Panama to avoid UK travel restrictions that would have required an extended quarantine after the trip to that country.
DECOURCY: Pepi was the only dual nationality the USMNT had to have
US starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Matt Turner-GK – 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 3-Walker Zimmerman (c), 5-Shaq Moore – 6-Yunus Musah, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Sebastian Lletget – 20-Tim Weah, 9-Gyasi Zardès, 7-Paul Arriola,
American submarines: 13-Sean Johnson-GK, 2-Sergino Dest, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 12-Miles Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Gianluca Busio, 14-Luca de la Torre, 10-Cristian Roldan, 19 -Matthew Hoppe, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 11-Brenden Aaronson
Panama head coach Thomas Christiansen has signed eight new players to the October squad in relation to calls he made for the September playoffs. Notable absences are September regular holders Andres Andrade (Arminia Bielefeld / Germany), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Houston Dynamo / USA) and household name Cecilio Waterman (Everton / Chile).
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As for the changes from the formation which lost 1-0 to El Salvador on Thursday, wide midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez is replaced by Freddy Gondola. Center midfielder Abdiel Ayarza is absent, with former Columbus Crew wide midfielder Cristian Martinez taking his place.
Panama starting eleven (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Luis Mejia-GK – 15-Eric Davis, 3-Harold Cummings, 4-Fidel Escobar, 23-Michael Amir Murillo – 17-Freddy Gondola, 20-Anibal Godoy, 8-Cristian Martinez, 19-Alberto Quintero – 10- Edgar Barcenas, 14-Rolando Blackburn
Panamanian submarines: 22-Orlando Mosquera-GK, 12-Jose Calderon-GK, 13-Jiovany Ramos, Jorge Gutierrez, 6-Oscar Linton, 2-Cesar Blackman, 5-Abdiel Ayarza, 21-Cesar Yanis, Eduardo Guerrero, 7-Jose Luis Rodriguez , 11-Armando Cooper, Ismael Diaz, 18-Jair Catuy, 16-Alfredo Stephens, 9-Gaby Torres, Abdiel Arroyo
USA vs Panama odds, prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Panama +0.75 Asian Handicap (-125)
In total, 14 of the 19 matches in official competitions between these two teams resulted in one goal or less. Four of the five most lopsided results turned out to be home games for the United States in World Cup qualifying. Berhalter prepared this one for the betting crowd:
“They don’t pass up a lot of opportunities,” Berhalter told media in Panama. “They have the lowest expected goals [against] of the first four games. We are in second place. [They’re a] strong defensive team, heavy crossover team. The only outlier game was the last game, and I don’t know if you saw the conditions on the pitch and what they were up against, it was a very difficult game to play. It was monsoon-type rains, the field was flooded. It was an abnormal match. It’s a good team. It’s a very strong team physically. They will be very aggressive in the duels, they are very good in attack in the penalty area. “
Panama +0.75 Asian Handicap refunds half of the stake if Panama loses by a goal. A draw or victory in Panama is a winning bet.
Prediction: Panama 1, United States 1
- Moneyline: Panama +360 / Draw +245 / USA -130
- Disseminate: Panama +0.5 (+100) / United States -0.5 (-135)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +125 / Under -165
- The two teams score: Yes +115 / No -155