All of the questions will be answered soon. We’re two days away from the USA-Panama match in Orlando, which should give us a clear picture of whether we’ll make it to the World Cup. Four days after that, in Trinidad, we’ll know for sure: we’re in, we’re headed to the Asian playoff, or we’re out.
So how are you feeling? Like I said to start USfanTV last night, I’m not confident. But as poor as we looked in the last two matches, looking at it logically, I think we’ll qualify.
This tweet from ESPN’s stat guru Paul Carr breaks it down well:
How #USMNT‘s SPI chances to qualify for the World Cup will change based on Friday’s result.
Apparently this game is a big deal. pic.twitter.com/VUqsSdLsLK
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) October 3, 2017
TJ, who filled in for Chris last night, said it’ll be a 2-1 US victory. To me, it feels like a 1-1 draw. Maybe that’s because the last couple matches with Panama were 1-1–in Panama City earlier this year, and at the Gold Cup in Nashville. But I just don’t see us scoring more than once, and I don’t feel like we keep a clean sheet, either.
I hope I’m very wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.
Hey! We have shirts you can buy, but they’re only available for another week. We’ll see you guys Friday night after the match.