USA vs Panama: Team news & TV

first_imgUnited States USA vs Panama: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic USA USA Today Sports United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Panama Panama World Cup Bruce Arena’s team must avoid defeat to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup automatically alive but will want a victory Panama can qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals by beating the United States in Orlando on Friday night.Following a loss against Costa Rica and a draw against Honduras, the Americans find themselves a point behind Panama with two games left to play.As a result, the U.S. currently occupy the inter-confederation play-off spot and must at the very least avoid defeat at Orlando City Stadium to keep their hopes of finishing in the top three – and qualifying automatically – alive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game USA vs Panama Date Friday, October 6 Time 19:35 ET / 00:35 BST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Geoff Cameron USAIn the U.S., the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN2 and by stream via WatchESPN. It can also be watched in Spanish on Univision. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 WatchESPN In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position USA players Goalkeepers Howard, Guzan, Rimando Defenders Beasley, Zusi, Cameron, Gonzalez, Yedlin, Besler, Orozco, Ream, Villafana Midfielders Bradley, Bedoya, Feilhaber, Nagbe, Pulisic, Acosta, Arriola, McCarty Forwards Dempsey, Altidore, Wondolowski, Wood, Agudelo Gyasi Zardes has dropped out of the American squad due to injury, while Jordan Morris and Kelyn Rowe are also sidelined and Fabian Johnson is a surprise omission.Bruce Arena’s inclusion of five strikers and five central defenders in his squad suggests he could be leaning towards a 3-5-2 formation.Potential starting XI: Howard; Gonzalez, Cameron, Besler; Yedlin, Bedoya, Bradley, Villafana; Pulisic; Altidore, Dempsey. Position Panama players Goalkeepers Penedo, Calderon Defenders Torres, Baloy, Machado, Davis, Ovalle, Murillo, Escobar, Vargas Midfielders Gomez, Cooper, Quintero, Godoy, Buitrago, Barcenas, Gonzalez Forwards Perez, Tejada, Torres, Arroyo, Nurse Panama are unlikely to make major changes to the side that beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 last time out, though captain Felipe Baloy could come back into the lineup.Potential starting XI: Calderon; Murillo, Torres, Baloy, Ovalle; Quintero, Gomez, Godoy, Barcenas; Perez, Torres.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tim Howard USAUSA are 8/15 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Panama priced at 5/1 and the draw available at 13/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Michael Bradley USAThe table looks perilous for the United States, with Panama a point ahead of them and Mexico and Costa Rica well out of reach with just two games to play.But while it certainly has not been a smooth qualification process for the Americans, their fate remains in their own hands.If Bruce Arena’s side can win this match, things look a lot better: they face the weakest team still left at this stage, Trinidad & Tobago, in their final match while Panama host Costa Rica, who have only lost away at Mexico.A USA team that has won two of their eight qualifying games so far, though, can certainly not afford to be relaxed.Having to play through the play-off would be a nightmare for the States, with the scheduled dates clashing with crucial MLS postseason matches the likes of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are expecting to be involved in.It would also not say much about the ability of this team to make any noise in Russia next year.last_img read more