Sport Panama helped into World Cup by bizarre phantom goal call

07:01  11 october  2017
07:01  11 october  2017 Source:   SB Nation

In danger of missing World Cup, US needs win over Panama

  In danger of missing World Cup, US needs win over Panama Months and months of stumbles have put the United States in a precarious position. 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 reach its eighth straight World Cup with a win or possibly a tie at Trinidad and Tobago next week. Less than a victory against the Panamanians could lead to either a playoff next month or elimination.

Panama helped into World Cup by bizarre phantom goal call . But there’s no denying that Panama ’s win over Costa Rica that helped them past the USMNT and into the tournament was aided by a phantom goal that shouldn’t have been allowed.

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Let’s get one thing straight: The United States does not deserve to make the World Cup after an awful performance against Trinidad and Tobago. But there’s no denying that Panama’s win over Costa Rica that helped them past the USMNT and into the tournament was aided by a phantom goal that shouldn’t have been allowed.

In the 53rd minute, Blas Perez scored an equalizer against Los Ticos. Except there’s one big problem — the ball never crossed the line.

Unfortunately, neither goal-line technology nor video assistant referee was used in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, so there’s no way the officials on the pitch could check their mistake after allowing the goal.

Then, in the 88th minute, Roman Torres scored this stunner to give Panama the 2-1 victory and punch its ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It’s beyond time for every major competition to have both GLT and VAR. There’s no excuse anymore. Officiating mistakes this big in World Cup qualifiers are unacceptable.

Under-fire Arena addresses USA future: 'I'll do whatever is right' .
The U.S. national team coach has spoken out on a variety of topics following Tuesday's elimination from World Cup qualifying , saying he plans to do "whatever is right."The 66-year-old, who previously coached the U.S. from 1998 to 2006, took over following the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann in November. He has led the U.S. to a 10-2-6 record in his second stint, winning the Gold Cup title in July, but oversaw a side that collapsed late in qualifying while failing to secure a World Cup berth for the first time since 1986.Although U.S.

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