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The United States’ dominant performance against Panama did not clinch a World Cup bid, but it did a great deal to ease fans anxiety. Barring an insane comeback from Panama, the USMNT will have 12 points and move into third place in the CONCACAF standings. The top three teams automatically go to Russia, while the fourth place team has to win a playoff match.
The USMNT sits in a great position heading into the final slate of qualifying games on Tuesday, October 10. All the CONCACAF teams kickoff at 8 p.m. Eastern. The United States plays Trinidad & Tobago, who is by far the worse team in the group. They have only managed one win in eight matches.
Despite tonight’s performance, the United States will still need a result in Tuesday’s match to continue to control their own destiny. A loss opens up the door for Panama or potentially Honduras to jump them in the standings.
While USMNT is not officially heading to Russia, the odds are slanted heavily in their favor.