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USMNT vs. Panama live blog

The USMNT needs a win to stay in control of its own destiny in World Cup qualifying.

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FINAL SCORE — USA 4-0 Panama

Well that’s the best performance the Americans could have hoped for. Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore were dominant. Here’s a recap of the USMNT’s big win over Panama.


87’ — Paul Arriola’s been excellent tonight but can’t quite score.


78’ — Bruce Arena is fully into shut up shop mode, with Alejandro Bedoya coming on for Darlington Nagbe.


75’ — Something tells me this stadium will be permanently added to the USMNT rotation.


70’ — The AO section chants “we want Dempsey,” and they get him. He’s on for Altidore, and will become the USMNT’s all-time leading scorer by himself with his next goal.


63’ — GOAL! USA 4-0 Panama. Bobby Wood finally has a well deserved goal. Paul Arriola set it up by dribbling into the box, and he was clobbered as he touched it towards Wood. But the USMNT striker turned and smashed the ball towards the back post with his second touch, and his hard work has finally paid off with a goal.


62’ — Bobby Wood goes on a long dribbling run, holding off three defenders by himself, but shoots just wide.


Let’s just have a look at Christian Pulisic’s extremely America tattoo.


59’ — Paul Arriola has a shot on target after a sustained run of possession for the USMNT. McCarty is playing deeper than Bradley now.

Panama makes its final sub, with Abdiel Arroyo coming on for Blas Perez.


56’ — Dax McCarty replaces Pulisic. This is a very good idea by Bruce Arena.


54’ — Panama has three shots blocked on a corner kick, then the fourth from Roman Torres is saved by Tim Howard as the Panamanians take a quick break from kicking Christian Pulisic.


48’ — Christian Pulisic is down in quite a bit of pain after getting hacked down hard by Murillo. The Panamanian gets a yellow card and will be suspended for the final Hex match. Pulisic can look forward to getting kicked a few more times in this half if he plays the rest of the game.


46’ — And we’re back. Panama makes a second tactical sub, with Felipe Baloy yanked for poor performance. He’s a legend, but looked several steps slow. He’s replaced by Fidel Escobar. No changes for the Americans yet, but Bruce Arena will be thinking about getting another body in midfield shortly.


HALFTIME — USA 3-0 Panama.

Well, that was wild. Everyone take a breath. Both teams played extremely wide open with very little steel in midfield, resulting in a track meet. But it was the USMNT who was much better at finding a final pass and finishing its chances.


43’ — GOAL! USA 3-0 Panama. Jozy Altidore converts from the spot with a cheeky Panenka. USMNT well in control now.


42’ — PENALTY! The referee points to the spot after Bobby Wood is pulled down by Armando Cooper.

Altidore steps up...


41’ — Jozy Altidore misses a one-on-one. It really should be 5-0 or so.


34’ — Panama has four defenders back to deal with two American attackers, but Felipe Baloy cleans out Bobby Wood to earn a yellow card. Unnecessary.


30’ — The USMNT is very stretched out, which is a risk of this lineup. Tim Howard has to bail his team out with a good save on Alberto Quintero.


26’ — Panama makes a tactical sub early. Armando Cooper is on for Joel Barcenas, who had a nightmare day in midfield.


22’ — All USMNT here. Paul Arriola plays in Bobby Wood, who’s one-on-one with Penedo. It looks like he has an easy goal, but the Panamanian goalkeeper comes up with a very good save.


19’ — GOAL! USA 2-0 Panama. Jozy Altidore doubles the Americans’ lead, and Pulisic had a hand in it. The 19-year-old runs onto a ball over the top on the right flank, beats Michael Murillo and plays a perfect cross to Altidore. The USMNT made that goal look easy.


11’ — Matt Besler got elbowed in the head by Blas Perez, but the referee doesn’t give a card. Here’s how Besler’s face looks now.


8’ — GOAL! USA 1-0 Panama. It’s Christian Pulisic!

America’s Wonder Boy did it all by himself. Pulisic picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, burst past the entire Panamanian backline, rounded goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and finished from a tight angle. It was set up with a simple goal kick, a header by Bobby Wood and a flick from Jozy Altidore.


5’ — Big miss for Bobby Wood. After an initial set piece is cleared, Darlington Nagbe finds Wood, who turns and shoots wide from 12 yards out.


3’ — The USMNT gets the first chance of the game through Christian Pulisic, as you’d expect. He dances past a defender and slides the ball to Jozy Altidore, but he hits a shot right into a Panamanian defender.


1’ — Kickoff!


Pulling out all the pregame theatrics, for America.


Altidore update:


Uh oh, Jozy Altidore is limping in warm-ups. No word yet on whether or not that affects his place in the starting lineup.


Most initial reactions to the USMNT lineup were guesses that it would function as a flat 4-4-2, but the broadcaster ESPN thinks it’s a diamond. This would be a new role for Paul Arriola, and this shape would put a lot of demands on the American fullbacks, DeAndre Yedlin and Jorge Villafaña.


Friday night’s game will be the first World Cup qualifier in the new Orlando City Stadium, which is probably the gold standard for soccer venues in America. Expect it to be loud as the American Outlaws replace the Ruckus in the standing room only section.


Thanks to some poor early results in CONCACAF qualifying, the United States men’s national team finds itself in serious danger of not qualifying for the World Cup. But it can put itself back in an excellent position on Friday with a win at home over Panama.

Coming into Friday night’s game, Panama is third in the Hex with 10 points. The USMNT has nine. Third place is the final automatic qualifying spot, and both of these teams would like to avoid the intercontinental playoff that the fourth place team has to play in.

While the USMNT has made every World Cup since 1990, the Panamanians have never qualified for the competition. This is the last chance for legendary Los Caneleros veterans like Felipe Baloy, Gabriel Gomez, Gabriel Torres, and Blas Perez to make it to a World Cup.

This is a live blog, and will update constantly throughout the match, with the most recent updates appearing on top of the page.

USMNT vs. Panama lineups

United States lineup: Tim Howard; Jorge Villafaña, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin; Christian Pulisic, Darlington Nagbe, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola; Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood

Panama lineup: Jaime Penedo; Michael Murillo, Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy, Luis Ovalle; Édgar Barcenas, Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Alberto Quintero; Gabriel Torres, Blas Perez

How to watch USMNT vs. Panama online

In the United States, you have two options. For most viewers, the easiest way to catch the game is on WatchESPN. The game can be streamed there for free if you have ESPN2 in your TV package. If you don’t, or you just prefer to watch in Spanish, the game is also on Univision Deportes en vivo. You can also find the game on over the top services like Fubo and Sling.

USA vs. Panama time, TV and match info

Match date/time: Friday, 7:35 p.m. ET

Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV: ESPN2 (U.S. — English), Univision, Univision Deportes (U.S. — Spanish)

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