USMNT one step closer to 2018 World Cup after tying Panama 1 – 1

Panama City, Panama – March 28, 2017: The U.S. Men’s National team and Panama are all even 1-1 with Christian Pulisic contributing an assist during first half play in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal match at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
Photo by: John Dorton

The USMNT is back on track after a tie with Panama in their World Cup Qualifying match on Tuesday night. They needed at least four points going into their games against Honduras and Panama this last week and they got them. Coach Bruce Arena is proving he has what it takes to help the USMNT play in Russia during the 2018 World Cup.

Once again, Pulisic and Dempsey were a match made in heaven. Pulisic set Dempsey up with a beautiful pass in front of the goal line, and Dempsey did what he does best: he put the ball in the net. This gave the USMNT a 1-0 lead against Panama, a lead they unfortunately were not able to keep. Just four minutes later, before the first half was over, Panama scored.

However, if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Tim Howard, that 1-1 score would have quickly changed. He had a several crucial saves, which led to a scoreless second half.

After one win and a tie, the USMNT moved from last place to fourth in the Hex, keeping their World Cup dreams alive. If they hope to keep it that way, the USMNT will need to continue this streak when they play Trinidad & Tobago on June 9th, and Mexico on June 11th.

Panama City, Panama – March 28, 2017: The U.S. Men’s National team take the lead 1-0 over Panama from a goal by Clint Dempsey during first half play in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal match at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
photo by: John Dorton

Photos courtesy of ISI.