CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
First they were headed toward a date with New Zealand. Then they were going home. Then in again. Then out.
And finally, when Graham Zusi headed in the equalizer in Panama City, the Mexican national team's hopes to reach Brazil were reborn from the ashes. And El Tri owe their hated rivals a cerveza or five.
Gabriel Torres y Luis Tejeda le estaban dando la oportunidad hasta el minuto 84 a la Selección de Panamá de obtener el cupo al repechaje que México estaba desperdiciando con su derrota 2-1 sobre Costa Rica en la capital tica.
Crónica Hexagonal | Costa Rica 2-1 México: Ticos derrotan a México, que aun con el revés se metió inmerecidamente al repechaje
Costa Rica puso corazón, orgullo, futbol y le ganó 2-1 a un México que sigue perdido, que no juega a nada y que hoy se encuentra en repechaje no gracias a ellos, sino gracias a la selección de los Estados Unidos.
The numbers I saw thrown around in the Spanish-speaking soccer world tonight suggested that, if Mexico missed out on the World Cup, it would have cost the federation, TV networks and advertisers anywhere from $600 million to $1 billion dollars. Good thing for them the USMNT played the full 90.
PANAMA CITY, Panama – When the clock hit 90 minutes, the Estadio Rommel Fernández was gearing up to celebrate an improbable fourth-place finish in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and a playoff date with New Zealand that could've booked the country's first-ever World Cup appearance.
Just minutes later, two US goals left the stadium in stunned silence.
MLS was heavily-represnted as usual in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, with Real Salt Lake's Álvaro Saborío and his Costa Rica team providing the exclamation point on a dramatic finale to the region's qualifying tournament.
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Jurgen Klinsmann hears the chatter. Brad Evans (above) isn’t a right back at club level, and DaMarcus Beasley is far better suited to the left wing.
Klinsmann hears it. He just doesn’t care.
The elation of qualifying directly to the World Cup seems to have already worn off for Costa Ricans.
Ahead of Tuesday night's CONCACAF Hexagonal finale against Mexico (9:30 pm ET, Telemundo), the Ticos have gone from joyful to downright macabre.
As the Mexican national team rolled up to Estadio Nacional for their walkthrough on Monday, the team bus drove past a casket in the colors of the Mexican flag with a plastic cadaver in it.
Each week during the MLS season, the MLSsoccer.com editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match between the United States and Panama in Panama City (9:30 pm ET, beIN Sport).
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