World Cup big prize money is getting even bigger — just as US men are fighting to hang on

Saul Martinez | Reuters
U.S. players attend a training session ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier soccer match against Guatemala earlier this week.

The United States men's national soccer team is about to play two of its most important games ever — with at least $10 million on the line.

The U.S. takes on Panama in Orlando Friday night, then travels abroad to play Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday.

The United States needs to do well enough to finish in third place in its regional conference, known as CONCACAF. If the U.S. finishes in fourth, it has to play an international play-off match in November in order to qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. A worse than fourth place finish means the end of one of the best soccer streaks in international history.

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