The United States men's national team demolished Panama demolished Panama 5-1 on Sunday night in World Cup qualifying, putting themselves on the verge of a spot in Qatar. Christian Pulisic stole the show with a delightful hat trick, as the U.S. scored four times in the first half for the easy victory. Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira also scored in the match, with Panama getting their lone goal late on.
But how did each player perform in this one? Here are our player ratings for the match for every starter, substitute and manager.
|Name||Minutes||How did they do?||Rating|
(GK) Zack Steffen
Will hate to have conceded, but he wasn't to blame. Had a little injury scare in the first half but really didn't have much to worry about.
(DEF) Shaq Moore
Led the team with six interceptions, putting in a good 90-minute shift after just flying into camp. Recovered the ball a team-high seven times and earned himself more minutes.
(DEF) Walker Zimmerman
He's just a monster. While he didn't have to do anything in defense, really, he still looked good in the air and drew the penalty which got the scoring started.
(DEF) Miles Robinson
Like Zimmerman, he helped draw a penalty, and he also won every tackle, duel and aerial challenge. He's cemented his spot as a starter.
(DEF) Antonee Robinson
Such a lively player who is really progressing. Won most of his duels and always tracked back well. He also delivered in some great passes, recording two assists.
(MID) Tyler Adams
A true leader who potentially prevented a red card for Christian Pulisic, by pulling him away from a fight. He's just so calm on the ball and is the heart of that midfield. A calming presence.
(MID) Yunus Musah
Just not the same player without Weston McKennie next to him. Lasted 45 minutes and touched the ball 15 times. Quiet.
(MID) Luca de la Torre
He didn't create much, but he did play some very smart passes that led to some great chances. Earning a spot as a rotation player.
(FWD) Christian Pulisic
What can you say? Sure, two of his goals were PKs, but they were high-pressure and he took them with class. His third goal was filthy, and he showed up when most needed.
(FWD) Paul Arriola
Played 45 minutes and got both a goal and an assist before seemingly picking up a knock. A great shift that really boosts his stock.
(FWD) Jesus Ferreira
Scored an easy goal but missed some real sitters. Lacking a tad of confidence when needed, but there is a lot of potential there.
|Substitutes||Replaced||How did they do?||Rating|
Almost scored off the bench but did not get on the ball as much as he would have liked. Deserves an extra point for that sharp haircut.
Brought in to solidify the middle defensively and did just that. Never flashy but quite effective.
|M. Robinson (65')|
Making the most of his backup role with some decent performances. Always strong in the air, that confidence is still there. He could be a key piece.
|Gianluca Busio||Pulisic (71')||His first touch was a tad off but got into space well.||5|
|Jordan Morris||Adams (71')||Incredible intensity and effort in a short stint.||5|
|Manager||Subs used||How did the manager do?||Rating|
Can't ask for much more. For the first time in a while, they came out with an intensity and determination that we really hadn't seen. They feel more united by the day, and that's a great sign.