This Sunday (27), the United States defeated Panama 5–1 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida, in a game that was valid for the final round of the CONCACAF Qualifiers. Pulisic, a Chelsea forward, converted two penalty kicks and scored another, while Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira also scored for USA, while Annibal Godoy scored for Panama in the final leg.
With the result, North Americans were able to expand their target gap to 13 positives, in addition to reaching 25 points. Thus, to be without one of the straight places in the World Cup, the United States would have lost to Costa Rica in the final round by a 10-goal margin.
The United States started the match with everything, in the 17th minute Christian Pulisic converted a penalty with a shot in the middle of the goal. The goalkeeper chose the wrong side and could do nothing. Panama’s response came five minutes later, with Murillo getting the first rebound, but his shot was blocked.
Shortly after, in the 23rd minute, Paul Arriola went wide, after a great cross was swung into Antoine Robinson area, he got high and went to the right side of the goal, then, in the 27th minute, by Jesus Ferreira. left him. Yet in the first half, in the 49th minute, Pulisic scored once again from the penalty spot to make the situation even more comfortable for the United States.
In the second leg, USA continued to attack, at 15 minutes, Antoine Robinson scored a cross in the field and found Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s No. 10 scoring his third and ending the tour. In the end, Panama still scored, in a fully charged free kick, Eric Davies scored the cross and Annibal Godoy headed up from the edge of the small field. The ball went to the left corner.
For the next and final round of qualifiers, the United States will face Costa Rica, and a win is necessary to guarantee its classification. The ball rolls on this Wednesday at 22:05 (Brasilia time).