Michael Bradley

US can ensure World Cup berth with wins in last 2 qualifiers

Relieved after gaining a huge point in the tropical heat, U.S. players headed home Wednesday knowing their math for an eighth straight World Cup trip is clear.

Wins against Panama on Oct. 6 and at last-place Trinidad and Tobago four days later will ensure a trip to Russia next June. A loss to Panama in Orlando, Florida, would leave the Americans in deep trouble, needing help from other results.

"We have everything to play for," U.S. coach Bruce Arena after Tuesday's 1-1 tie.

Mexico (5-0-3) leads the final round of North and Central America and the Caribbean with 18 points and Costa Rica (4-1-3) has 15 and is on the verge of ensuring a spot. Panama (2-2-4) is...

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