How the USMNT should line up for Friday's game against Panama

How the USMNT should line up for Friday's game against Panama

Christian Pulisic turned a clearance into a goal less than eight minutes into the USA men's national team's make-or-be broken World Cup qualifier Friday night in Orlando.

The top three teams in CONCACAF receive automatic qualifying bids to the World Cup, while the No. 4 team enters an intercontinental playoff round.

The USA is set to take on Panama on Friday in Orlando before facing Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

But for the U.S., the Hex has been one pressure game after the other since the two losses in November 2016 forced a coaching change.

The defensive side includes Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar, both of them play in the MLS and can be helpful in decoding the United States team which includes 18 of 26 MLS players.

They will likely need a win against the Panamanians followed by a victory or a draw at Trinidad and Tobago to book a ticket to Russian Federation. Pulisic later dumped the ball to Altidore in the 19th minute for his fourth assist of the year, tying Clint Dempsey for the team lead in both categories during this round of World Cup qualifying. "We needed a result and we came out flying right from the beginning". Then, when stoppage time came and the US scored two late goals for a 3-2 win. That hasn't been the case this time though, and that has fans facing two nail-biting final qualifying matches.

Christian Pulisic (L) shoots against Keylor Navas of Costa Rica during the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Red Bull Arena on September 1, 2017 in Harrison, N.J. Mexico has already qualified for the World Cup, and Costa Rica is all but assured of a place in Russian Federation.

Bruce Arena made some questionable lineup decisions and there were some crucial injuries to deal with, but the ugly truth is that everybody just didn't play well last month, and that beats out any tactical analysis we can come up with.

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Honduras' inferior goal difference of -7 has put them in such a position that if they are to qualify directly, then they should win both their matches against Costa Rica and Mexico by considerable margins and hope that US and Panama do not win both their matches.

Pulisic continued to run through and around defenders, easily breaking free and finding space to operate until he subbed off in the 57th minute to a standing ovation.

What: The USA men's national soccer team hosts Panama in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Final Round game.

Tension had built after last month's 2-0 loss to Costa Rica in New Jersey and a 1-1 tie at Honduras.

But which combination of Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and even Tim Ream Arena uses in the middle is probably the biggest personnel question leading into the match. It'll also leave Panama with 10 points heading into a much tougher game against Costa Rica.

Jorge Villafana was at left back and captain Michael Bradley in central midfield.

Jozy Altidore continues to be a streaky player, while Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris still lack true big game experience. Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said the US was "superior in total" and the score could have been 10-0 at halftime. "This why we play for these type of games", Arena added.