Michael Amir Murillo Panama
Kim Klement

Michael Amir Murillo, Fidel Escobar and Panamanian National Team Qualify for 2018 World Cup

Panama is heading to Russia.

The Panamanian National Team qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, with Fidel Escobar helping his team to a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica.

This will be Panama's first World Cup.

The win, paired with the United States Men's National Team loss, puts Panama into third in their group and earns them an automatic bid to compete in the World Cup next year.

Michael Amir Murillo did not play in the victory due to yellow card accumulation.

Panama finished the group with 13 points, trailing leader Mexico (21 pts.) and Costa Rica (16 pts.). The US team finished the group with 12 points, in fifth behind Honduras, who will head to a playoff against the fourth-place Asian Football Confederation finisher Australia. 

The 2018 World Cup is set to kick off on June 14, 2018. The final is set for July 15, 2018.


MLS LIVE now only $7.99

Decision Day presented by AT&T is Sunday. But, one thing is already decided. MLS LIVE is the best way to watch all the out-of-market action on Decision Day (October 22)*. You can watch multiple games on multiple devices or watch four games on one screen with your laptop. Subscriptions are only $7.99 (or $4.99 if you use our iOS app). *Some blackout rules apply.

MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T

Sunday, October 22 at 4:00pm ET

Decision Day is the only day of the season when every team plays at the exact same time. The result is the most intense and dramatic two hours of the MLS season as teams fight for playoff positions. Watch MLS's thrilling end to the season on ESPN & MLS LIVE.

Pay As We Play!

New York Red Bulls Pay As We Play Playoff Plans, presented by New Jersey Lottery for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs are available now! Red Members have their normal seats included for up to two playoff games, but have access to additional seats through the Pay As We Play program.