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Quentin Batalillon

General News 2024

USA-Panama: Tim Weah on Canalero Challenge

The US defeated Panama 4-0 in 2017 and 5-1 in 2022 in key home World Cup qualifiers, but Los Canaleros have often troubled the US, most recently winning in a shoot-out (against a ‘B ‘team) in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup in 2023.

In October 2021, Los Canaleros won their home qualifier for the 2022 World Cup 1-0 in Panama City. The match marked Tim Weah’s first start under Gregg Berhalter, a forgettable outing for him and his American teammates. Less than three years later, Weah is virtually an automatic pick and should start when the USMNT faces Panama on Thursday in Atlanta.

• What they say: “I think we are in a situation right now where we are less concerned about Panama,” Weah said. “We don’t know which Panama team we will get. We just make sure we get there 100% and don’t take anything for granted. Put all our cards on the table and make sure we execute the way we want to execute. We know what Panama is capable of and we just have to make sure we are on our A game.”