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Christian Pulisic just short of perfect 10 leading US to massive win

08 October, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Panama, meantime, was poised to move to the brink of its first World Cup berth after US -inflicted heartbreak four years ago.

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.

About 10 minutes later, Pulisic returned the favor to Altidore with an assist of his own on Altidore's goal. "You needed stars to show up, and the U.S.'s biggest star showed up and scored the first, created the second".

Pulisic went on to set up the second goal, placing a ball through the Panamanian box past the keeper and on a silver platter for Jozy Altidore to tap into the net.

As Arena noted, Bradley's son is US captain Michael Bradley - hinting that the 59-year-old's presence in Orlando isn't just about contributing to the USA staff.

Those first 90 will pose a challenge against a Panama team that's caused issues for the U.S. recently.

Altidore earned Man of the Match honors on a night where everyone in the attack played well. We faced challenging conditions in Honduras and Panama so we will be ready. This time we gave them space and that was the error. And I believe we're prepared to do that. Arena might get away with pressing his luck and fielding another offensive-minded team in the Caribbean, but if the USA qualifies as expected he's eventually going to have to fine-tune the balance on his squad.

"Jozy laid it off for me, and I was just gone, I guess", Pulisic said.

Pulisic got the Americans off to an electric start with a tremendous individual effort en route to the opening goal in the eighth minute.

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.

The Americans' slow start to the final stage of qualification has come back to haunt them. Altidore scored 11 minutes later, finishing a glorious move and cross by Pulisic on the wing. "He did what he wanted".

The U.S. have been punching far below their weight, and there's not much about them right now that's really worth believing in besides the brilliance of Christian Pulisic. However, insiders at the U.S. Soccer Federation believe he will, and that he's likely to win.

Midfielder Gabriel Gómez: Still going strong at age 33, the former Union player could make his 135th appearance for the national team in this game.

"He's a good passer, and in the final third of the field he has some qualities that I think we're lacking", Arena said. Against Peru on Thursday, it was tough to single out any other Argentina player for praise on a night when there were scoring chances but no goals against a disciplined Peruvian defense.

It's bonkers that the USA have fumbled their way through qualifying to the point that they need to take points from Panama at home in October to keep their chances above 50 percent, but here we are, facing a legitimate must-win game. "He's a good player, but for Christian to be more effective he needs to have good players around him".

Johnson won't be in Orlando this week, but the team will undoubtedly be better with DeAndre Yedlin back in the fold after some time out injured, streaking up the right flank and thwacking crosses in.

Panama, for their part, can qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history by beating the Americans so there is plenty at stake tonight.


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