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World Cup Qualifying Roundup: United States Drops Panama

Jamaica finishes out their qualifying with a home draw.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The United States completed their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in dramatic fashion last night in Panama City.

United States 3 - 2 Panama
Tuesday, October 15th


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The United States didn't quit on the night. Panama went up by a goal twice in the game but when the clock struck 90, Jurgen Klinsmann's team not only got the game-tying goal but the game-winner in a dramatic comeback.

Graham Zusi and Aron Jóhannsson both scored in second-half stoppage time as the US men's national team completed a wild comeback to claim a 3-2 win over Panama, giving them their best-ever points total in the Hexagonal and guaranteeing Mexico another shot at a place in Brazil next summer despite their 2-1 loss in Costa Rica.

Colorado Rapids striker Gabriel Torres gave Panama early lead in the first half, and Luis Tejada restored Panamanian spirits in the 84th minute after Michael Orozco Fiscal had equalized from a Brad Davis corner.

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez played the full 90 in the loss. Super Raton had two shots on goal in the effort.

Jamaica 2 - 2 Honduras
Tuesday, October 15th




FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and the Reggae Boyz ended their World Cup qualifying on a positive note Tuesday night with a 2-2 draw to Honduras. The draw, along with the Mexico loss, meant Honduras would claim one of the three automatic CONCACAF spots in Brazil next year.

Watson played the full 90 in the 2-2 draw. The two teams trades early goals in the first three minutes of the match. Carlo Costly picked up the first Honduran goal while Jorge Claros scored an own-goal to level things up for Jamaica.

Honduras would gain the lead before halftime in this one with a goal from Maynor Figueroa. The Reggae Boyz would equalize just after halftime thanks to Rudolph Austin.