Kickoff time set for USA vs. Panama, final day of CONCACAF qualifying

Tasos Katopodis

The U.S. and Panama will bring World Cup qualifying to a close on October 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

CONCACAF has set the kickoff time for all three October 15 World Cup qualifiers. It is the final day of qualifying so the confederation has decided to start every match at the same time, with a 9 p.m. ET kickoff decided upon by the CONCACAF brass.

For the United States, that means a 9 o.m. ET kickoff when they take on Panama in Panama City. The match will be pointless for the Americans, who have already clinched a spot in Brazil, and it's unlikely that they play any first choice players because a suspension earned in that match carries over to the World Cup, but it will be a very important match for Panama.

Panama and Mexico are tied for fourth place in the final round of World Cup qualifying, with the Canaleros ahead on goals scored. If Panama can hold onto fourth, Mexico will find themselves out of the World Cup and the Canaleros will be set for a play-off against New Zealand. There will be a chance for both teams to get an edge when they meet on October 11 in Mexico City, but no matter how that match goes, their World Cup fates will be decided on the final day.

While the U.S. plays Panama, Mexico will be at Costa Rica, who have also qualified for the World Cup. Honduras, who sit third in the Hex, will play Jamaica in the other match. All of them will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

The U.S. has two matches left in qualifying, with the first coming on October 11 at 7:30 p.m. when they host Jamaica in Kansas City, KS. That match will be televised on ESPN, and their trip four days later to Panama will be on beIN Sport.

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