WATCH: Panama's crucial World Cup-qualifying goal never crossed the line
Look, the United States men's national team was abysmal on the final match day of World Cup qualifying. The Americans shoulder all the blame for that disastrous performance against Trinidad and Tobago, but there is some twisted irony in how Panama qualified for the World Cup ahead of the U.S.
All-time CONCACAF villain Blas Perez scored Panama's first goal in a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica. It's just that, well, he never actually put the ball over the line -- nobody did.
— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) October 11, 2017
Four years ago, Graham Zusi's famous goal in stoppage time against Panama eliminated Los Canaleros from the World Cup and extended a lifeline to Mexico, which would win an intercontinenal playoff to qualify for the final tournament.
Mexico lost to Honduras, 3-2 on the final match day. That, combined with Panama's victory, bumped the U.S. out of the World Cup picture entirely.