USA vs Panama: Live Updates, Score, Reaction from World Cup Qualifier


11:35pm UTC Oct 6, 2017Orlando
Karl Matchett

Bruce Arena’s United States side entertain Panama at the Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida on Friday with a World Cup qualification place to play for. There are just two games left in the qualification group, and the Americans trail their visitors by one point. Panama hold the final qualification place, sitting in third spot in the Hex, and Arena will be desperate for star names such as Christian Pulisic to step up and push the team towards qualification for Russia next year.

  1. October 7, 2017
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    USA 4-0 Panama (FT)

    Christian Pulisic 7', Jozy Altidore 18' pen 42', Bobby Wood 62'.

    Lineups: USA—Howard, Yedlin, Gonzalez, Besler, Villafana, Arriola, Pulisic, Nagbe, Bradley, Wood, Altidore. PAN—Penedo, Murillo, R Torres, Baloy, Ovalle, Gomez, Godoy, Barcenas, Quintero, Perez, G Torres.

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    OptaJack @OptaJack

    4-0 - @ussoccer's 4-0 win over Panama is tied for their sixth-largest shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier. Decisive. #Get3 #USMNT

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    U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

    One giant step closer to Russia! 🇺🇸 The #USMNT can qualify for the World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday.

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  6. October 7, 2017
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    USA are up into third and it's in their hands. Beat Trinidad and Tobago in the last match, and they'll be at Russia 2018. That simple.

    Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

    #USMNT takes care of business.

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    Full time

    United States 4-0 Panama

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    Last minute. No injury time expected and this is a huge three points for USA.

    Brian Sciaretta @BrianSciaretta

    Even if Dax McCarty doesn’t make the World Cup team, it’s great to see him play well in a game of this magnitude in his hometown. #USMNT #USAvPanama

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    Dempsey races in behind but Penedo is out to spoil the fun again. Closing stages now.

    Caitlin Murray @caitlinmurr

    As good at #USMNT has looked in the attack, Panama got their game plan wrong and left the midfield too open. Their defense has been poor too

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    Closing stages of the game. The energy and aggression has gone out of Panama's play now and they want the night over.

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    Clint Dempsey showing tremendous restraint by not shooting the ball every time he gets it within 50 yards.

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    USA are going to be one big step closer to the finals tonight—but it was almost 5-0. Arriola surges through the middle, draws the keeper and shoots...Penedo saves again.

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    USA Sub

    Bedoya on for Nagbe

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    Paul Arriola has been low key great tonight. He's Alejandro Bedoya but just adds more dynamism.

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    Final 15. Panama struggling to get bodies forward, struggling to create anything of note. USA have battered them tonight.

    Franco Panizo @FrancoPanizo

    Official attendance at Orlando City Stadium: 25,303. #USMNT #USAvPAN #WCQ #OCSC #MLS

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    Dempsey chasing the all-time scoring record remember. He tries to race in behind the defence, but Torres is there to clear.

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    Deuce has 20 minutes. Is tonight the night?

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    USA sub

    Dempsey on for Altidore

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    The crowd has been demanding an entrance for Clint Dempsey and looks as though he's shortly to enter the field. A little over 20 minutes to play.

    Franco Panizo @FrancoPanizo

    Ask and you shall receive. Clint Dempsey is about to come on. Will he set the all-time goals record for the #USMNT tonight? #USAvPAN

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    Finally a Fourth!

    That's the game for sure—Wood nets a deserved 10th on the international stage, spinning and finishing low after Arriola's run into the box.

    Kyle McCarthy @kylejmccarthy

    Richly deserved goal for Wood. Good all-around peformance from him tonight. Tidy run from Arriola, too. #USMNT #USAvPAN

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    62' - GOAL!

    USA 4-0 Panama Bobby Wood

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    Wood, so close to a solo stunner! He skips past two challenges, gets into the box past a third...and rifles his effort wide of the near post. Excellent all night, except in the finish.

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    Arriola drives into the box and strikes a low effort, but Penedo saves. Wood was free in the middle, might have been a better bet for the fourth.

    Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10

    Tremendous moment for Dax McCarty, who makes his World Cup qualifying debut with a lengthy outing off the bench in his hometown. #USMNT

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    USA Sub

    Dax McCarty on for Pulisic. Yep, right call at this stage.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    The Pulisic Effect ™️

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    Roman Torres spins to volley at goal after USA fail to clear a set piece delivery, but Howard dives on it. Pulisic has been targeted more than once in this half already; USA might well consider subbing him soon.

    Paul Tenorio @PaulTenorio

    An ovation here and shouts of "Deuce" as Clint Dempsey gets up to warm-up with the rest of the subs. He applauds the Wall. #USMNT

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    A tremendous whack on the calf for Pulisic, who goes down injured and needs some treatment. They do *not* want to lose him for the final qualifier.

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    I'm not saying Christian Pulisic is the greatest soccer player that's ever lived. I'm also not not saying it.

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    Second half

    We're back underway.

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    U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

    First half summary ⤵️.

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    Toronto FC @torontofc

    Can’t touch this 😏 #TFCLive | #USMNT

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    Carli Lloyd @CarliLloyd

    And Pulisic...👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    Panama haven't been three goals worse in attack, and have dominated possession in large spells, but they're way off the pace for finishing off chances. And both defences are equally open!

    Paul Tenorio @PaulTenorio

    Panama is meeting at midfield to talk before heading in to the locker room. Players only, it looks like. #USMNT

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    Half Time

    USA 3-0 Panama

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    Halftime. Amazing half in terms of attacking. A tad lucky to still have a cleansheet.

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    3-0! 3-0!

    Panenka penalty from Altidore! Cool as you like—chipped down the centre into the roof of the net.

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    42' - GOAL!

    USA 3-0 Panama Jozy Altidore, penalty

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    41' - PENALTY!

    Wood gets into the box, takes on his man and is bundled down—spot kick given! Yellow for Cooper too.

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    Big save! Pulisic and Wood combine to release Altidore on the left side of the box, he tries to take on the 'keeper...but Penedo makes a good block with his feet!

    SiriusXM FC @SiriusXMFC

    It's good to see DeAndre Yedlin is back in form. #USMNT #USAvPAN

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    Former US great Donovan going all-in on the Pulisic hype train. On the pitch, US look shapeless and disorganised in midfield, but they're muddling through at the moment.

    Landon Donovan @landondonovan


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    Bobby Wood leads a counter, takes on Baloy and wins a free-kick. Yellow for the experienced Panama man.

    Major League Soccer @MLS

    🙌 #USAvPAN

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    A breathless first half-hour is over and USA are two up. The game is still open and uncertain though even at this point. Howard has to save now from Gabriel Torres, a shot from the right edge of the box.

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    Early sub for Panama who are seeing the game slip away from them. PAN sub: Barcenas off, Armando Cooper on

    Paul Carr @PCarrESPN

    Most #USMNT goals this WCQ cycle: Altidore 7, Pulisic 6 Most USMNT assists this WCQ cycle: Pulisic 6, Altidore 5.

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    Bobby Wood should make it 3-0! Arriola plays him in, the forward takes a touch and shoots...straight at the 'keeper.

    Ben Jata @Ben_Jata

    Pulisic -> Alitdore!! 2-0 USA. #USAvPAN

  40. October 6, 2017
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    Lead Doubled!

    Pulisic skins his man down the left, delivers a brilliant low cross and Altidore peels off his marker to tap home inside the six-yard box for 2-0!

    Ryan Catanese @rcatanese

    Pulisic absolutely mixing people but a goal and an assist for Jozy now 👀

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    18' - GOAL!

    USA 2-0 Panama Jozy Altidore

    U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

    🇺🇸 P 🇺🇸 U 🇺🇸 L 🇺🇸 I 🇺🇸 S 🇺🇸 I C🇺🇸 He's some kind of special.

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    Panama have started to come back into the game. A little more possession, a little more aggression. Howard catches a cross and is annoyed to see a late flag suggest he failed to keep it in play; corner given.

    Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10

    This isn't even a #hottake anymore, but it's increasingly clear Christian Pulisic at this moment is the best player in #USMNT history.

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    Altidore gets a great flick on, Pulisic fires forward again, takes on two and shoots—blocked this time. USA on fire early doors.

    Ben Jata @Ben_Jata


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    Who Else?!

    Great start for USA and what a goal from Pulisic! He races onto a long kick out, beats the defender, rounds the 'keeper and finishes on an angle. Tremendous composure and poise. 1-0.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    And then a #USMNT hero comes along 🦅🇺🇸

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    7' - GOAL!

    USA 1-0 Panama Christian Pulisic

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    Two good moments from Wood. Firstly he drills a cross over which Arriola fires off target, then he traps a cross himself six yards out—but pokes the ensuing shot wide.

    Stars and Stripes FC @StarsStripesFC

    OH MAN. Bobby Wood has a great chance but pokes it just wide.

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    Pulisic gets on the ball for the first time and he immediately creates an opening, freeing Altidore in the left channel, but his shot is blocked.

    Don Garber @thesoccerdon

    Let’s go @ussoccer! #OneNationOneTeam #letsget3

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    We are underway in Orlando!

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    Kick-off Approaching

    Anthems and then we're ready. A huge night for the USMNT.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    Let’s #USMNT.

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    Altidore Worries

    Some speculation that striker Jozy Altidore was injured in the warmups for the US. No change to the team sheet at present.

    Andrew Das @AndrewDasNYT

    USMNT going big flag tonight.

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    Closing Game

    USA face Trinidad and Tobago (bottom, three points) in the final game. Panama are home to Costa Rica (second, 15 points).

    Jeff Carlisle @JeffreyCarlisle

    #usmnt players on caution watch... Starters: Arriola, Besler, Bradley and Yedlin. Subs: Acosta, Beasley, Bedoya, Cameron and Dempsey.

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    PAN XI

    Murillo, Torres and Godoy all ply their club football Stateside—so a big day for them in particular.

    FEPAFUT @fepafut

    ¡TITULARES! Esta es la alineación de #PanamáMayor para enfrentar esta tarde a @ussoccer en el Orlando City Stadium. #HagamosHistoria

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    Kick Off at 00:35

    Looks like we've another 20 minutes or so to go until the match gets underway, so time for some more buildup.


    Ready, #USMNT fans??

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    U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

    🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 #USAvPAN | #Get3 | #USMNT

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    Later Kick-off

    We were scheduled for a midnight (UK) kick-off, but it's likely that the match will get underway somewhat later now.

    Elias Sports Bureau @EliasSports

    Panama’s last 3 games vs #USMNT in the United States all finished 1–1. Panama outshot the US by a combined 49–24 margin. 7 pm ET on #ESPN2

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    Home Advantage

    Orlando plays host to the national team tonight and the Florida locals have to make it count. This is a must-win match for the USMNT.

    The Mane Land @TheManeLand

    You can already feel the energy in the building, which has quickly grown as the USMNT takes the field for warm-ups.

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    Hex Standings

    USA sit fourth ahead of play, Panama in third. One point separates the sides, but only third carries an automatic spot for the finals—fourth heads into a play-off.

    Richard Farley @richardfarley

    ESPN posts a graphic that hints at a 4-3-1-2. Hearing from ppl on site in Orlando it might be 4-1-3-2. The difference could matter. #USMNT

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    USA XI

    DeAndre Yedlin starts at right-back for the must-win game for USA, with Christian Pulisic also in the XI and Bobby Wood partnering Jozy Altidore up front.

    U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

    Showtime. Meet your starting XI for #USAvPAN, presented by @VolpiFoods1902. Lineup notes »