The U.S. tied Panama 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier here on Tuesday, fulfilling coach Bruce Arena’s objective of getting at least four points from the two March qualifiers, though the U.S. will be disappointed that it wasn’t more after a defensive breakdown allowed Panama to score the equalizing goal at the end of the first half. The tie left the U.S. in fourth place (1-1-2, five points) in the Hexagonal, two places higher than it was to start the week. The top three teams in the six-team, 10-game tournament will automatically qualify for the World Cup, with the fourth-place team going to an intercontinental playoff against Asia’s fifth-placed team.
Sergio Ramos hit back at outspoken Spain team-mate Gerard Pique after the Barcelona defender criticised the values of bitter rivals Real Madrid. Ramos and Pique have frequently clashed publicly and that was the case again on Tuesday, despite being in camp together following Spain's 2-0 international friendly win over France. Pique - a vocal critic of the Spanish capital side - slammed the LaLiga leaders for what they transmit as a club and Madrid captain Ramos did not hesitate in his response.
Simply put, after their struggles against Panama on Tuesday night, the USMNT can no longer afford to play them as a partnership in midfield, and it may be time to drop Jones from the national team entirely. It’s said out of a need for honest conversation about a long-problematic part of the United States national team squad. For several years now, Bradley and Jones have been a regular source of stress and worry for the U.S. that occasionally gets papered over by a fantastic goal from one or the other of the pair.