USA vs. Panama FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match, Friday on ESPN2

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  • Tactical and ISO Camera Feeds on ESPN3
  • ESPN FC from Orlando City Stadium on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS; Pre- and Post-game Shows on ESPN2
  • Additional 28 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches on ESPN Platforms this Week

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match vs. Panama will be televised live on ESPN2 from the new Orlando City Stadium on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. ET (kickoff at 7:35 p.m.). USA-Panama will anchor 29 FIFA World Cup matches across ESPN platforms during the latest FIFA International Match Week (Oct. 4 –10).

Ian Darke analyst Taylor Twellman will provide match commentary with sideline reporters Julie Stewart-Binks (covering USA) and Sebastian Salazar (Panama). Host Max Bretos and analysts Kasey Keller and Herculez Gomez will be on site for pre-game, halftime and post-game shows. They will also contribute segments on SportsCenter and ESPN FC throughout the day. All ESPN World Cup qualifying programming will be streamed live on the ESPN App.


  • ESPN3 will dedicate two channels to stream two separate camera angles of the match: Tactical Cam – a wide-angle view of the teams’ formations and positioning; and ISO Cam – an isolation camera focused solely on key U.S. Men’s National Team players.
  • ESPN FC, the daily soccer news and information program, will originate significant portions of the show live from Orlando City Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS. Bretos will host with analysts Keller and Gomez.
  • USA-Panama Post-game: Immediately following the conclusion of the match, Bretos, Keller and Gomez will host a 30-minute postgame show from the stadium on ESPN2, streamed live on the ESPN App. The program will also feature the booth commentator team – Darke and Twellman – as well as reporting from Stewart-Binks and Salazar.
Date Time (ET) Program Network(s)
Fri, Oct 6 5:30 p.m. ESPN FC

Max Bretos, Kasey Keller and Herculez Gomez

  7 p.m. USA-Panama Pregame Show

Bretos, Keller and Gomez

7:35 p.m. USA vs. Panama

Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman, reporters Julie Stewart-Binks and Sebastian Salazar

7:35 p.m. USA-Panama (Tactical Cam) ESPN3
7:35 p.m. USA-Panama (ISO Cam) ESPN3
9:30 p.m. USA-Panama Post-game ESPN2

USA Panama will anchor a slate of World Cup qualifying matches from Europe featuring top-tier international teams Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and more; as well as the home and away Asia (AFC) World Cup qualifying playoff series between Syria and Australia.

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