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USMNT vs. Panama: SBI Match Night

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The U.S. men’s national team can take a major step toward qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a win against Panama tonight in Orlando. (7 p,m. ET, Fox Sports 1).

Gregg Berhalter’s side hosts the Canaleros at Exploria Stadium, knowing Costa Rica and Mexico remain right behind them in the race for automatic qualification into Qatar 2022. A 2-1 road win The Ticos in El Salvador earlier on Sunday has tied Costa Rica on 22 points with the USMNT and El Tri heading into Sunday’s matches. Costa Rica’s win means the USMNT cannot clinch a World Cup berth tonight.

Panama needs to earn three points to stay alive in the race for automatic qualification and has already defeated the USMNT once in the octagonal round. Thomas Christiansen’s side has only won one of its last four qualifiers which makes Sunday’s road trip to Orlando very important.

Shaq Moore joined the USMNT squad and has jumped right into Berhalter’s starting lineup tonight. Luca De La Torre, Jesus Ferreira, and Paul Arriola have also been included in the starting lineup after being on the bench for Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Mexico.

Here is a closer look at the USMNT starting lineup:


SBI’s editorial staff will provide some updates and insights in the comments section. Feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions as well.

Enjoy the action.

Comments

  1. Fortunately Panamas last goal, didn’t change the fact that Costa Rica need to still win by 6 on Wednesday night. As a bonus, the ticos can’t lose the 4th place spot, so no need to do anything stupid, to jeopardize, their chances against oceana. If we were a 96% chance to advance last time around with one game to go, this time we are a 99.7% this time around.

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  2. FT: USMNT 5 – Panama 1. Christian Pulisic registers a first international hat trick and the Americans dominated from the opening whistle. It is a result that all but ensures a spot in Qatar for the USMNT, unless the Americans lose by a lopsided scoreline in Costa Rica on Wednesday.

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    • He is a weak defender tho and unbalanced his side of the field defensively in both of these games in this window. Why am I the only one who will mention this? He’s great in attack, great in attack. But he cheats up high on his recovery which will burn us eventually

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  3. 4 nil is not enough…. Bring on reinforcements! Keep it professional captain, you’re closing in on a hat trick. We can apply better pressure both offensively and defensively, let’s do it. If we can hit them in transition, on the counter a little quicker, three or four more are possible. We can bring on long and go three at the back. That’s going to start Wednesday night

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  4. HT: USMNT 4 – Panama 0. Christian Pulisic with two PK goals, Jesus Ferreira and Paul Arriola each with a goal to their names. Amazing effort and dominant offensively. I would think Berhalter makes a few changes at halftime.

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  5. Good evening all, the USMNT takes on Panama with three points needed following Costa Rica’s 2-1 win over El Salvador earlier today. The Americans have piled on early pressure so far.

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