The United States is one win away from qualifying for the Beach Soccer World Cup.

The Americans will face Mexico in Saturday’s semifinals of the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship at the Sports Complex Fedefutbol-Plycem in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

They earned the opportunity behind a 4-3 victory over Panama in the quarterfinals Friday.

Both semifinal winners will qualify for the World Cup, which will be held in Russia Aug. 19-29. Guatemala will take on El Salvador in the other semifinal.

Gabriel Silveira scored twice while Christopher Albiston and Nicolas Perea added one goal apiece for the USA.

Panama got goals from Alfonso Maquensi, Luis Quintero and Rafael Garcia.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at