Game day for USMNT vs Panama

08 October, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Douglas Reid
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During the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Panama were quite close to qualifying for the tournament but missed out by just a little.

It was Pulisic who set the tone early, going right at Panama's normally stingy defense from the start, with his speed and confident dribbling tearing through opposing defenders easily. Pulisic's smart early goal set the tone for the Stars and Stripes, and was soon followed by a flawless assist for Altidore to double the advantage. It got so bad Panama coach Hernán Darío Gómez took off Joel Barcenas for Armando Cooper - always a sign things are going wrong when you make a non-injury substitute in the first half.

The US has an attacking edge as Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic and Hamburg's Bobby Wood will be bringing their Bundesliga experience. A squad that included Union sporting director Earnie Stewart and a 19-year-old Landon Donovan edged Jamaica, 2-1, in Foxborough, Mass.

"We faced a team that was immensely better than us". Darlington Nagbe was his usual confident self on the ball working the left wing, and while he had the quietest night among the US attackers, he still provided a calming presences when needed. "Our top three attackers all had a good night".

Should the U.S. snatch third place in their group, the Socceroos will face either Panama or Honduras.

A large portion of Panama's fate in the qualifying will depend on how they fare in their match against the United States at Orlando which begins in a matter of hours. This time we gave them space and that was the error. Arena said his squad was aware of what was stake if the USA fails to deliver the goods in Orlando tomorrow: "I have not had to lecture the players in any way as to just how significant this game is". "I don't think they were able to deal with it".

So it's come down to this for the United States men's national soccer team. "I thought the three of them did a really good job".

Plenty of people with plenty of opinions have already let us know about the potential pitfalls and scenarios should those three points not end up with the USMNT.

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Pulisic acknowledged the beating, a fact of his life that has become common in games against Concacaf opposition, and shrugged it off.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it had received permission from FIFA to hold a moment of silence before the match in memory of the victims of the Las Vegas shootings. "If you told me we had to win our last home game to position us to get into the World Cup, I'd say that's OK". You could certainly make a case for Altidore for the night's man of the match honors, but the way Pulisic took control of the game early on was a sight to behold. "He did what he wanted".

Prior to the match, much of the speculation had been over where Bruce Arena, the US team's head coach, would play Christian Pulisic, the team's nineteen-year-old wunderkind.

He's already scored the equalizing goal against Real Madrid in a UEFA Champions League game and passing more milestones already seems inevitable.

And even USA coach Bruce Arena - who customarily cautions against hyping youngsters too much - has heaped praise upon him.

Mexico faces Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, and wraps up on Tuesday with fifth-place Honduras.

ORLANDO, Fla.-The pressure was on and World Cup qualification hung in the balance, but you would have been hard-pressed to guess that by the way the USA national team played Friday night. After being played in behind the defense, Pulisic has the option to sprint to the endline and whip in a cross, but he knows better.

The U.S. started so quickly, prodding at the holes in the Panama formation.



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