The U.S. men’s national team can take a major step toward qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a win against Panama tonight in Orlando. (7 p,m. ET, Fox Sports 1).
Gregg Berhalter’s side hosts the Canaleros at Exploria Stadium, knowing Costa Rica and Mexico remain right behind them in the race for automatic qualification into Qatar 2022. A 2-1 road win The Ticos in El Salvador earlier on Sunday has tied Costa Rica on 22 points with the USMNT and El Tri heading into Sunday’s matches. Costa Rica’s win means the USMNT cannot clinch a World Cup berth tonight.
Panama needs to earn three points to stay alive in the race for automatic qualification and has already defeated the USMNT once in the octagonal round. Thomas Christiansen’s side has only won one of its last four qualifiers which makes Sunday’s road trip to Orlando very important.
Shaq Moore joined the USMNT squad and has jumped right into Berhalter’s starting lineup tonight. Luca De La Torre, Jesus Ferreira, and Paul Arriola have also been included in the starting lineup after being on the bench for Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Mexico.
Here is a closer look at the USMNT starting lineup:
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