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How Roman Torres achieved film-star status after his goal took Panama to the World Cup - and why Harry Kane holds no fears for him.


CONCACAF Champions League: Club America Goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin Pulls Off Superhuman Last Ditch Save To Keep Clean Sheet (Video)

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Club America of Mexico sounded thrashed Tauro FC by four unanswered goals in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday evening.

However, the Panamanian side did come perilously close to grabbing themselves an away goal in the final minute of the first half only to be thwarted by the superhuman efforts of America goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico clinches World Cup spot, Honduras tops T&T

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In 2013 Mexico left it late, requiring the help of San Zusi to reach the 2014 World Cup. This time around, El Tri didn't waste any time, becoming the first team from CONCACAF to book a spot in Russia.

A Hirving Lozano goal was all Mexico needed in a 1-0 win over Panama. With the win, Mexico seals a World Cut berth while Panama remains on the outside looking in with three games remaining.

World Cup 2018

Panama coach Hernán Darío Gómez concerned about MLS players fitness ahead of World Cup

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Hernán Darío Gómez, head coach of the Panama national team, is concerned that his players' fitness could impact the team's World Cup dreams into a "nightmare".

"Our first priority for a good World Cup is the physical condition of the players, if we do not improve the weight of the players we will suffer a lot in the World Cup," he said, according to El Telografo.

World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

World Cup qualifying

Quakes locker room encapsulates the aftermath of CONCACAF's craziest night

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SAN JOSE, Calif. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Vancouver as one. On the same bus, on the same plane and with the same intention: winning against the Whitecaps on Sunday to remain in contention for a first playoff appearance in five years.

But just 48 hours earlier, on Wednesday, Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy, separately, traveled back to San Jose from the depths of North America.

‘One For The Legend Books!’ – Alvin Jones Scores Superb 30-Yard Humper As Trinidad & Tobago Quash USA World Cup Aspirations (Photos & Video)

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The USA's farcical quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ended with a stout fart on Tuesday evening, terminating with a 2-1 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago.

Bruce Arena's side went a goal behind early on when US defender Omar Gonzalez awkwardly shanked a cross into his own goal.

Row Zed: Heroic Panama Ball-Boy Does What Needs To Be Done To Ensure His Country Qualify For First Ever World Cup (Video)

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Since it began in 1930, every World Cup has featured at least one team appearing for the first time.

Along with fellow debutantes Iceland, Panama have kept that streak alive going into 2018 by qualifying for their first ever World Cup with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama hosts Costa Rica, Mexico faces Honduras

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Two of CONCACAF's three and a half spots in Russia next summer are claimed, and the race is on for that final automatic place and a date with either Australia or Syria in a last-chance playoff for finishing fourth.

Costa Rica and Mexico are in for sure, and, as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to brush Trinidad and Tobago aside to earn the third qualifying spot, two more matches with implications for that crucial fourth place position will go down.

Takeaways from the USMNT’s huge win over Panama

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What we learned from the US's massive victory against Panama in World Cup qualifying.

It was must-win all the way in Orlando, and thankfully, the United States men's national team emphatically did the job. With dropped points meaning potential catastrophe, the USMNT ripped Panama apart on Friday night, dominating to the tune of 4-0 on the backs of breathtaking performances from Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, and Bobby Wood.

United States 4, Panama 0 - Three Thoughts on Three Vital Points for USMNT

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The USMNT are now back in control of their own destiny in The Hex, as a win in T&T will secure a World Cup spot.

The United States were desperate for a good performance to rebound from an awful month of September qualifiers. They had the benefit of a fairly easy schedule in their last two matches, with Panama and the least daunting road trip at Trindad and Tobago.

Friday Night Lights

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Jozy Altidore scored and assisted for the U.S. in a 4-0 rout of Panama in Friday's World Cup Qualifier at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Altidore scored on a Christian Pulisic pass in the 19th minute then struck from the spot in the 43rd minute. Pulisic opened the scoring inside of eight minutes while Bobby Wood closed the account in the 63rd minute.

USA vs. Panama, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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The USMNT travels to Orlando to take on Panama with World Cup qualification on the line. In all seven Sounders in action during this international window.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Panama is on 10 points and the United States is on 9 points heading into the last two games of CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying (The Hex).

USMNT vs. Panama: The Pregame Tailgate

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The end of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is near, which means its do-or-die time for the U.S. Men's National Team.Nothing short of two wins this week will do for them, and they look for their first tonight against Panama at Orlando City Stadium down in sunny Florida.

A loss tonight would, at best, put the USMNT in a two-legged playoff against either Australia or Syria, who are tied at one after one leg of their own Asian playoff.

USMNT vs. Panama, Pique speaks out and more: Freedom Kicks October 5 2017

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Also, Meggie Dougherty Howard got snubbed

Hey folks! Tomorrow the United States is up against Panama in a World Cup qualifier, but before that we've got Freedom Kicks today. There wasn't a ton of soccer news yesterday but here we go.

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CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico holds Costa Rica to draw, Panama cruises into third

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After the USMNT salvaged a draw in Honduras, two other CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers went down in Central America.

Costa Rica hosted Mexico where a win would secure a spot in next summer's World Cup while Panama looked to get a jump on the U.S. and Honduras with a win at home against Trinidad and Tobago.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica takes on Mexico, Panama faces T&T

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One CONCACAF team has booked a spot to the World Cup on Friday. Tuesday's matches may or may not officially confirm who joins Mexico, but they will go a long way towards clarifying what the picture looks like ahead of Russia 2018.

While the U.S. Men's National Team visits Honduras, Costa Rica can lock up a spot alongside Mexico with a win over El Tri.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico hosts Panama, Trinidad & Tobago takes on Honduras

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With the European transfer window coming to a ruckus ending, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers are gaining steam heading into its final stages. With only four games remaining for each team within the Hex, a team or two can officially punch their ticket to Russia's big party.

The U.S. Men's National Team focus to keep separating itself from playoff contention and into direct qualification as they host Costa Rica.

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Roman Torres puts Panama in World Cup, eliminates United States

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What an amazing turn of events.

Panama is going to the World Cup and the United States is not, all because of Roman Torres. The Seattle Sounders center back scored an 88th minute goal to give Panama a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica to secure their spot in the World Cup for the first time ever.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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The USMNT travels to Couva, Trinidad looking to lock up a ticket to Russia. In all, seven Sounders are in action during this international window.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. With their emphatic 4-0 win on Friday over Panama, the USMNT is in position to automatically qualify for Russia with a win or a draw.

Arena the gambler takes the USMNT to the cusp of Russia 2018

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Friday's 4-0 win was keyed by a huge bet on the American attack

The United States went into Friday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Panama a nervous wreck. Sitting in a position that only guaranteed a difficult playoff against either Australia or Syria, and holding onto that only via tiebreaker, fed the perspective that this was the biggest USMNT qualifier in over a decade.

USA vs. Panama 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch 2018 World Cup qualifying online

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If the USMNT wants to qualify for Russia 2018, a win today is pretty much essential

World Cup qualifying has not gone according to the USMNT's plan. A poor start under Jurgen Klinsmann left the United States with a lot of work to do, and a misstep last month has left them in 4th place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

Where to find USA vs. Panama World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Panama in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

The US Men’s National Team faces a do-or-die game against Panama. They must win this match in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Roman Torres helping Panama try to qualify for first-ever World Cup

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Sounders center back called in for pair of upcoming qualifiers.

Roman Torres will be joining Panama for two decisive World Cup qualifiers. The centerback's call-up was officially announced on Wednesday, meaning he'll be joining Los Canaleros for their matches on Oct. 5 (at the United States) and 10 (vs.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup fate will be decided in Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night.

After toppling Panama, 4-0, on Friday, the U.S. can seal a spot in Russia on Friday night with a victory over the Soca Warriors. A draw would also almost certainly be good enough while a loss to last-place T&T would open the door for Panama or Honduras to make a late push up the Hexagonal table.

After month of criticism, USMNT steps up to Panama challenge

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Since the moment the second Costa Rican goal hit the back of the net at Red Bull Arena, the U.S. Men's National Team has known the stakes. Doubt became a major factor on that night. There was doubt surrounding the team's World Cup qualifying pursuit and, even worse, there was doubt about the direction of a program that on the brink of a catastrophic end to the cycle.

USMNT 4, Panama 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Friday night's performance was a special one. It was a do-or-die match, one which would all but determine whether or not the U.S. Men's National Team had a chance at Russia.

From the opening whistle, there was absolutely no doubt when it came to how the match was going to end. It was going to end in a USMNT win, and it was going to end up as one of the biggest and most important results in team history.

USMNT vs. Panama: Live Commentary

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The big day is finally here as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a do-or-die match with a World Cup on the line.

After picking up just one point in September, the U.S. faces a vital match against Panama in Orlando on Friday evening. As things stand, the U.S. sits fourth in the Hex, one point behind the third-place Canaleros and level on points with fifth-place Honduras.

USMNT prepared for do-or-die situation in cycle-defining match against Panama

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The U.S. Men's National Team understands what Friday's game means. Various players reiterated the same message all week. The match against Panama isn't just any other game on the road to World Cup qualifying. It's a do-or-die test, one which could push the U.S. one step closer to Russia or one step closer towards something much, much worse.

Graham Zusi, Bruce Arena not dwelling on past with Panama

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Four years ago, the U.S. Men's National Team delivered a staggering death blow to Panama's World Cup hopes by scoring twice in stoppage time on the final matchday of the Hex to eliminate Los Canaleros from World Cup qualification.

Panama could be in a similar situation on Friday to hand the USMNT a debilitating loss on home soil at Orlando City Stadium.


Patience leads Costa Rica into Gold Cup semifinals

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After 76 minutes on Wednesday evening at Lincoln Financial Field, it looked as if Costa Rica and Panama were going to have to decide a winner through penalty kicks.

Both sides failed to get much going offensively up to that point, creating chances but lacking the final product to go ahead.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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The 2017 Gold Cup has reached the knockout stage, with the remaining eight sides competing in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Thursday.

The first set of quarterfinalists head to Philadelphia, where Costa Rica faces Panama and the U.S. Men's National Team takes on El Salvador.

Panama cruises through Martinique to reach Gold Cup quarterfinals

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Panama was nothing short of dominant in their group stage finale.

It took Los Canaleros some time to truly get going, but they came alive towards the end of the first half to down Martinique, 3-0, putting themselves in a strong position to win Group B before the U.

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Adolfo Machado named to Panama’s roster

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Dynamo defender on roster for friendly games.

The Houston Dynamo's Adolfo Machado has been named to Panama's roster for upcoming international friendlies. The defender has played in 72 games and scored one goal for his national team.

Panama is preparing for the World Cup this summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time.

Bale to sit out Wales friendlies with France, Panama

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will be kept in Madrid to work on his fitness rather than meeting up with the Wales squad for friendlies against France and Panama next week, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Saturday.

Bale returned to training with the European champions this week after five weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls for VAR following controversial Panama goal

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Panama's controversial equalizer against Costa Rica has drawn the attention of FIFA's president.

Los Canaleros booked their World Cup place on Tuesday with a late Roman Torres winner against Costa Rica, but it's an equalizing Blas Perez finish that remains a talking point across world soccer.

Roman Torres basking in glory of history-making moment

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After scoring the clinching goal, Torres seems intent to making lasting memories with fans.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Roman Torres is living his best life these days. The Seattle Sounders center back just arrived back in town following an amazing 48 hours in his native Panama, where his 88th minute goal allowed Los Canaleros to qualify for their first-ever World Cup.

USMNT vs Panama 2018 World Cup Qualifier: Time, TV Schedule and how to watch

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It's time to take care of business..

It's time to get down and dirty as the last two matches in the Hex are incoming. Tonight the red, white and blue take on Panama in what is a must win scenario to make sure they punch their ticket to the 2018 World Cup next summer. If for some reason they don't win tonight it'll all come down to Trinidad and Tobago on the road.

USMNT vs. Panama, NWSL playoffs, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/6/2017

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Good luck trying to think about work today

Most of the time, Friday is the calm before the storm, and my link choices are more about what's coming down the road rather than what's right in our collective faces. Today, though, with the USMNT facing an enormously important World Cup qualifier against Panama, and the US under-17s kicking off the World Cup in India, I feel like we're right in the thick of things.