Panama and USA face off on Sunday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at Estadio Rommel Fernández. The United States has won the last four games against Panama including in 2020 when they won 6-2.
The United States currently sits in 1st place in the standings having picked up eight points in the four games. Just a few games people were concerned about another repeat of missing out on the World Cup, but they have not put themselves in a very good position. In the last game against Jamaica, they didn’t play great in the first half, but in the second half, it was a different game as they won 2-0. Ricardo Pepi is only 18 years old, but he looks like he’s going to be the next star of this team. Against Jamaica, Pepi had goals in the 49th and 62nd minutes. As a team, they had 17 shots and seven shots on goal. Going on the road has been a challenge for the United States, and they need to have a better first half in this game.
On the other side of this matchup is Panama who sits in 4th place in the standings having picked up five points. Panama had a real chance to put itself in a good position, but they were beaten in the last game against El Salvador. Panama had seven shots, with zero shots on goal, and they need to find a way to get the offense going in this game. This is a team that has already beaten Jamaica 3-0 and played to a 1-1 draw against Mexico. In this game, if Panama wants to win the game the defense needs to be good, but they need to create more scoring chances. Keeping the possession above 50 percent is going to be key.
The United States has finally turned the corner, and even on the road, they are going to find a whole lot of success. I expect Pepi is going to have another big game, and maybe even score a few goals. Look for the United States to score at least two goals and they will win this game on the money line.