Michael Bradley

In Danger Of Missing World Cup, U.S. Needs Win Over Panama

ORLANDO, Fla. — Months and months of stumbles have put the United States in a precarious position. The Americans could miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Preparing for Friday's crucial qualifier against Panama, the U.S. held a closed-doors scrimmage Wednesday against Orlando City's B team. A victory Friday would put the U.S. on track to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup with a win or possibly a tie at Trinidad and Tobago next week. Less than a win could lead to either a playoff next month or elimination.

"There's been a real sense of urgency," captain Michael Bradley said. "Obviously you get to the end and our margin for error is...