Juergen Klinsmann insists the USA national team came to Panama thinking only of themselves on Tuesday night.
The US clinched a dramatic 3-2 win in Panama City, scoring twice in injury-time, to knock the Panamanians out of World Cup qualifying contention and allowing arch enemies Mexico to secure a playoff spot by finishing fourth in CONCACAF qualifying.
Klinsmann, who saw Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson score in the final minutes, said the US were not thinking about what would happen with the remainder of the group as they looked to make it three qualifying wins in a row.
“We played our game. We came here to play simply just a game against Panama and the players went all 90-plus minutes to get a win and get three points,” he said.
“They believed in it all the way until the end. This is our job. We were focused on our job. We understand that tonight so much was at stake for both Mexico and Panama. We respect that, but we were solely focused on ourselves.
“We said that before the game and after the game. Mexico played their game in Costa Rica and we were here, and experienced an unbelievable finish of a game.”
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