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Costa Rica hangs on to beat T&T; Panama and Honduras play to draw

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Costa Rica players celebrate after Bryan Ruiz scored the winner against T&T in a World Cup qualifier.

Costa Rica preserved its outright lead in second-place ahead of the United States with a 2-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night.

The hosts took the lead from a corner kick in the first minute, with Francisco Calvo heading home from Joel Campbell's cross.

But T&T clawed one back through Kevin Molino in the 35th minute, as the Minnesota United player fired home a Joevin Jones pass from just outside Costa Rica's penalty area.


 By Arch Bell

CONCACAF lessons: Arena boosts U.S., Mexico restored, Panama eye history

Taylor Twellman and the FC crew break down what stood out to them from Bruce Arena's unusual U.S. lineup at Mexico.
Michael Bradley and Carlos Vela scored the goals as the United States and Mexico fought to a draw at the Azteca.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is past the halfway mark for both the United States and Mexico. With that in mind, there is plenty to digest as the final four rounds loom this September and October.

1. Arena makes the difference

There was a decent dose of skepticism when Bruce Arena was hired as head coach back in November for a second time, but the former L.A. Galaxy boss has shown why U.S. Soccer turned to him in such a desperate hour of need after the disastrous start to the Hexagonal.


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Orlando confirmed as host for U.S.-Panama World Cup qualifier

Herculez Gomez lays out how the U.S. should plan for the 2026 World Cup from a player development perspective.

The United States' final home World Cup qualifier against Panama will be played in Orlando on Oct. 6, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Monday.

The game will be the national team's debut at the new Orlando City Stadium, and a return to the Florida city for the first time since a friendly in 1998.

The U.S. has only played two World Cup qualifiers in Florida after 1980, one in Tampa in 2012 and one last September in Jacksonville -- neither of which were in the final Hexagonal stage.

Seven people arrested in slaying of Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez

Amilcar Henriquez, shown here in 2014, played against the likes of Neymar in his career with Panama.

Panamanian authorities say they've arrested seven people in the slaying of national team midfielder Amilcar Henriquez.

The prosecutor's office says the suspects were arrested in the Colon region on the country's Atlantic coast, where Henriquez was shot to death on Saturday. Three of them are reported to be minors.

Sunday's prosecution statement doesn't suggest a motive for the killing, but there's no evidence that a robbery was involved.

Authorities say a gunman shot the 33-year-old Henriquez several...

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Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez shot to death

Amilcar Henriquez, shown here in 2014, played against the likes of Neymar in his career with Panama.

Panama international Amilcar Henriquez has been shot and killed in the country's Colon province, police officials say.

The killing on Saturday was confirmed by Didacio Camargo, press chief for Panama's National Police.

Authorities say the 33-year-old midfielder was leaving his home when a gunman shot him several times. Another two people were wounded. Henriquez was taken to a nearby public hospital, where he died.

President Juan Carlos Varela condemned the killing on his Twitter account and called...