Torres among MLS players booking World Cup spots
IT was two very different nights for a pair of Seattle Sounders teammates.
While Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national team were stunned by the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago that knocked them out of a spot in next year's World Cup, Roman Torres celebrated on the field with Panama.
Torres scored the goahead goal in the 88th minute that gave Panama a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica and the nation's firstever World Cup berth.
Dempsey, 34 was trying to make his fourth World Cup. The United States will miss out on soccer's premier tournament for the first time since 1986.
Even a defeat could have earned the Americans a berth, but only if Panama and Honduras both lost. And if the U.S. and only one of those rivals were beaten, the Americans would have finished fourth and advanced to a playoff next month against Australia. AP
PANAMA'S Roman Torres celebrates his goal against Costa Rica and his team's 2-1 victory, qualifying his team for the 2018 Russia World Cup in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. It's the first time Panama classifies for a World Cup tournament.