The World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 are getting very exciting. Canada was the first country to confirm their assistance to the greatest soccer spectacle in the world.
Today in the Orlando City Stadium the USMNT showed complete command over the Panama team with a full time score of 5-1.
Gregg Berhalter presented his pick for the starting 11: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Shaq Moore, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 4-Tyler Adams, 5-Antonee Robinson, 6-Yunus Musah, 7-Paul Arriola, 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.), 12-Miles Robinson, 14-Luca de la Torre, and 20-Jesús Ferreira.
Meanwhile Panama‘s team was: 1-Luis Mejía, 4-Fidel Escobar, 8-Adalberto Carrasquilla, 10- Edgar Bárcenas, 13-Fredy Góndola, 14-Rolando Blackburn, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Andrés Andrade, 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Aníbal Godoy (C) and 23-Michael Murillo.
The US had high hopes for a significant victory
The United States were the first to score via penalty shot from Pulisic, following a foul of Godoy over Zimmerman just 17 minutes into the game. Just 7 minutes later Arriola scores the second goal for the USMNT via head-shot!
A minute after Arriola’s goal, Ferreira scores for the USA
At this point The US had one foot inside to qualify, however the first half was not over yet; just a minute before the end, Godoy made a huge mistake and the referee marked another penalty kick opportunity for the leading team.
Again, Pulisic put all his abilities and scored again! to make it his second goal of the game.
Just 26 minutes after the beginning of the second half, Pulisic strikes again with all his might and completes his first hat-trick in this qualifying round.
Panama need to wake up and mend their mistakes, although that was a extremely difficult task, regardless the team created an opportunity and they took it. Godoy, the player who was responsible for both penalties scored and put Panama in the scoreboard.
The game ended with the score of 5-1, giving Pulisic the opportunity to shine as the star player of the match.
The U.S. Men’s National Team needed this win to move forward on to save their spot in the FIFA World Cup after a 0-0 draw in Mexico City against their long-time rival Mexico. Currently, this win puts them in second place just behind Canada.