Emotional end to CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in images, videos and words
On Wednesday morning, there was sorrow in the Panamanian press. Perhaps realizing the tactical mistake mentioned by Goodson, coach Julio Dely Valdés claimed responsibility for the “death” (from Crítica).
Maintaining the macabre theme, Panama’s Mi Diaro said, “We mourn”, while El Siglo called it a “Night of terror”.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, there’s a sense of relief and embarrassment. El Tri is alive, but thanks only to their arch-rivals.
La Razón expressed its gratitude to Uncle Sam and highlighted Michael Orozco, the Puebla FC player who scored the U.S.’s opening goal Tuesday. Meanwhile, La Prensa wasn’t shy about sharing its opinion of La Selección, which still has a World Cup lifeline despite winning only two of its 10 Hexagonal matches.
Récord published a reminder that Javier “Chícharito” Hernández, who scored only two goals during a miserable Hex, owed his place in the playoff to his “AmigoUS” north of the border.
Bumpy Pitch, a Los Angeles-based company run by former pros Brian Dunseth (now a TV analyst) and Ben Hooper, sells t-shirts popular with players. They were quick to capitalize on Tuesday night’s drama and, by Wednesday morning, were already hawking a shirt designed to remind everyone where things stood in CONCACAF following an extraordinary night of soccer.