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    Panama up 2-0 late. The USMNT blew it with these last 2 games. They are officially going to be in 4th place now. And Honduras is still in contention to eliminate them totally. This is unbelievable.
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    When you start Zusi, Gonzales and Beasley, you're not really that good. Add to that a couple of timid midfielders and a hostile environment and the US was lucky to get out of there with 1 point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4chs View Post
    When you start Zusi, Gonzales and Beasley, you're not really that good. Add to that a couple of timid midfielders and a hostile environment and the US was lucky to get out of there with 1 point.
    No plan for the next crop of defenders. With Yedlin out, Arena had basically nothing.

    Heck, there has to be some dude playing in USL or NASL more suited to outside back than an aging Graham Zusi and DeMarcus Beasley.

    I'm glad for what both of them have done for American soccer, but it's time to go enjoy the stud farm now, fellas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    A 1-1 draw? Wow.

    I haven't watched yet but wow. What does this mean for qualifying now?
    Win. Just win. Home game against Panama and away to T&T. Any other cycle and I'd have said we were sure to get six there.

    I'm nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    Win. Just win. Home game against Panama and away to T&T. Any other cycle and I'd have said we were sure to get six there.

    I'm nervous.
    I believe they will likely get in (but not guaranteed) with a win and a draw but they really need to win those two games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    I believe they will likely get in (but not guaranteed) with a win and a draw but they really need to win those two games.
    I just want to avoid the playoff. We should be better than Australia or Syria, but I have no interest in a two-leg playoff at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    I just want to avoid the playoff. We should be better than Australia or Syria, but I have no interest in a two-leg playoff at this point.
    I would be interested under normal circumstances but I want no part of our World Cup hopes resting on a two-game series vs. anyone

    We really need to take care of business in October. And keep in mind, there's still a scenario were they could finish 5th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    A 1-1 draw? Wow.

    I haven't watched yet but wow. What does this mean for qualifying now?
    Last cycle they lost in Honduras. I figured that they would be hard pressed to win.

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    Panama is going to go all out against us. Remember in 2013 where we had already qualified and traveled to Panama, and all they had to do was win and they'd get the playoff spot. Panama was up 2-1 going into stoppage time, but we scored two goals in stoppage time to deny them a shot at the WC and instead gave the playoff to... Mexico.

    They will definitely be out for revenge.

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    I'm sure 137-year old Blas Perez will manage to score a goal or two.

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    Roster is out.

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    Fabian Johnson out. Benny Feilhaber in.

    I'd say Orozco and Agudelo are both pretty surprising.

    Yedlin and Cameron are both coming off injury.

    We'll see what Arena comes up with but Friday is nail-bitin' time.

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    I'm a nervous wreck.

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    With one game to play...

    Mexico 21
    Costa Rica 16
    USA 12
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    Panama 10
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    Honduras 10
    T&T 3

    What are the scenarios? Obviously, win and you're in but what happens with a draw or a loss? Still so much on the line.

    Will Mexico give us an assist like we gave them 4 years ago?

    Tuesday night:

    Mexico vs. Honduras
    Panama vs. Costa Rica
    USA vs. T&T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    With one game to play...

    Mexico 21
    Costa Rica 16
    USA 12
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    Panama 10
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    Honduras 10
    T&T 3

    What are the scenarios? Obviously, win and you're in but what happens with a draw or a loss? Still so much on the line.

    Will Mexico give us an assist like we gave them 4 years ago?

    Tuesday night:

    Mexico vs. Honduras
    Panama vs. Costa Rica
    USA vs. T&T
    Goal differential is huge here and part of what makes that 4-0 win even more massive.

    Currently:

    USA +5
    Panama -2
    Honduras -7

    So that amazing differential turns our two point advantage in the standings into effectively just shy of three. As long as the USA gets a draw, then Panama would still have to beat Costa Rica by 8 goals to pass us.

    That said, the nightmare scenario is still on the table. If the USA loses and both Panama and Honduras win, then USA is fifth in the group and we're out completely. If USA lose and either of those two win but not both, then we're fourth and go to the playoff against a team from the Asian federation in November.

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    T&T is really bad, aren't they?

    Seems like a lot of unnecessary fretting IMO.

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