USMNT drops behind Mexico in Concacaf standings after loss to Panama

The U.S. men get out one hole only to dig themselves a new one. 

On top of Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying standings after a win over Jamaica on Thursday, the Americans are now behind archrival Mexico after a shockingly lackluster effort against Panama on Sunday night.

The 1-0 loss was the USMNT’s first-ever to Panama in World Cup qualifying, and only second overall. 

Now the Americans face another must-win game Wednesday, when they host Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio. For those keeping track, this is the second must-win game of the qualifying cycle, which is only five games old. 

“It’s massive. It’s a really big game. We all have to be up for it,” said Walker Zimmerman, the U.S. captain against Panama. “You look at your home games, those are the games you have to win. They become increasingly important when you don’t get a result on the road.”

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