The last time the U.S. took a World Cup qualifying campaign to the final game was 1989, when Paul Caligiuri’s first-half goal beat Trinidad and Tobago and sent the Americans to the world championship competition for the first time in 40 years.
They haven’t missed a World Cup since.
That streak is very much in danger, its fate not likely to be known until the final minutes of the last U.S. qualifier Oct. 10 in Trinidad. First, the U.S. must beat Panama on Friday in Orlando City Stadium.
“It’s a really simple equation for us,” midfielder Dax McCarty said after training Monday. “We don’t want to get into all these different scenarios of, ‘What if this happens? What do...