What happens in the commentator box when Panama qualifies for the first time ever to World Cup?
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 11, 2017
Wednesday, we chronicled the agony of soccer defeat. Thursday? We’re focusing on the thrill of victory.
Thanks in part to Tuesday’s shocking loss by the United States Men’s National team against Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup qualifying match, Panama qualified for its first ever World Cup by defeating Costa Rica.
When the relevant games went final, the two commentators absolutely went bonkers — jumping up and down and leaping in each other’s arms. There was also crying, and hugging, and screaming for joy.
The celebration promptly spilled out into the streets of Panama. President Juan Carlos Valera went so far as to declare a national holiday to celebrate the country’s landmark soccer moment.
American men’s soccer fans will have to live vicariously through others for the next two years. This video seems like a good place to start. Congratulations to Panama.
Watch above, via Twitter.
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