US National Team cruises by Panama in World Cup qualifying

Arena at the 2006 World Cup

"We could have scored a lot more goals".

His side head into Tuesday's showdown with bottom-paced Trinidad and Tobago now knowing that a point should be enough if they are to qualify for an eighth consecutive World Cup, but also aware that a win will make sure of it. We're not depending on other teams to win games to help us. Our movement was good today.

The 19-year-old has played in important games in front of 80,000 fans for his club, Borussia Dortmund, against opponents like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Friday was a defining moment for Pulisic in a USA jersey.

Altidore earned Man of the Match honors on a night where everyone in the attack played well.

Panama, who have never qualified for the World Cup, sit in third place, one point ahead of the United States.It means that Arena's side must take maximum points from Friday's game to keep their qualification destiny in their own hands.

The United States, with its population of about 320 million - compared to Panama's 4 million, is trying to reach the World Cup for the eighth straight time. A victory Friday would put the USA on track to reach its eighth straight World Cup with a win or possibly a tie at Trinidad and Tobago next week.

What stood out the most for the US was the renewed brilliance of Pulisic, the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund star who's already the U.S.'s best player, and his often telepathic understanding with Altidore in both directions.

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The last time they played at this venue was in 2008 also against Bangladesh . As play was delayed, commentator Neil Manthorp tweeted out the reason.

No one benefited more from having Pulisic in the thick of things than Altidore, he of the two goals and one assist on the night. How impressive was the understanding between Pulisic and Altidore-who scored twice and showed remarkable poise on his Panenka penalty? They clearly recognized that from the beginning. "It's just a fact of how we have to frame out mindset. We stuck to the gameplan". At the end of the day, the players have to go out and do it ... I know he's a young kid. And I think you have to deal with praise and criticism the same way. Wood surged past three players and drew Armando Cooper's foul in the box. Three players are seemingly in position to block his cross or stop the ball from getting to Altidore, but because Pulisic made them stop, none are able to pull it off. He has now been directly involved in eight of the U.S.'s 15 goals in the nine games of the Hexagonal so far. He knows where everyone is. Arena's tactic - to win at home and get at least a point on the road through the qualifiers - left little margin for a home loss, but his team now stands on the brink of World Cup qualification.

"He took a few shots", Arena said. It doesn't look like anything is going to change. "And so we thought it was smart to get him off the field".

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

Trinidad and Tobago seized a lead against Mexico in San Luis Potosi before the regional powerhouse roared back for a 3-1 victory. Right now soccer is growing at a rapid pace and the World Cup will be a great opportunity to speed up the growth even more.

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

"We wanted to press them early and get behind their backline", Arena said. 'We want to come out flying'. So we feel good about that. So we understand how hard the conditions are. They wouldn't have been eliminated with a draw or defeat, but they would've lost their ability to control the fate Tuesday.

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