The United States sits tied on top of the extremely tight Hex, level with Mexico on goal differential and behind Costa Rica by one goal. They can open up a bit of a gap between themselves and one of their big rivals for a qualifying spot on Tuesday night, when they take on Panama. The Panamanians are having a better campaign than expected thus far, though they need to start picking up some road results after drawing both Costa Rica and Mexico in Panama City.
Both teams are dealing with big absences. Panama's best striker, Blas Perez, is ill and did not travel with the team. Jermaine Jones picked up a concussion in the United States' last game against Jamaica, while Graham Zusi will be unavailable due to yellow card accumulation.
This game is the second of a doubleheader on ESPN in the United States and follows the World Cup qualifier between Mexico and Costa Rica. It is available on television and online, in both English and Spanish.
Update: The opening minutes of the game will be on ESPN2 due to the delayed start of the Mexico-Costa Rica game.
Match date/time: Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. local
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada)
Online: WatchESPN (U.S. - English), UniMas (U.S. - Spanish)