Tor­res among MLS play­ers book­ing World Cup spots

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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

AP Photo/Ar­nulfo Franco

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.

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