USA vs. Panama: Final Score 5-1 as USMNT Romps in World Cup Qualifying

The United States put itself in a great position to qualify for the World Cup with a decisive victory at Exploria Stadium.

United States Men’s National Team captain Christian Pulisic scored a hat trick — with two of those goals from the penalty spot — to lead the Yanks to a resounding 5-1 win over Panama at Exploria Stadium.

Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira also scored as the U.S. put four on the board in the first half to take control of the match.

The USMNT still hasn’t lost in Exploria Stadium and tonight was the Yanks’ most decisive win to date.

While the win by Costa Rica kept the U.S. from clinching a spot in the World Cup, the lopsided victory puts the USMNT on solid footing with one match to play in the qualifying campaign.

Christian Pulisic led the way with a hat trick, including two conversions from the penalty spot.

Paul Arriola and Jesús Ferreira added goals in the 23rd and 27th minutes, respectively.

The visitors pulled one back in the 86th minute, with Aníbal Godoy heading in a set piece from Eric Davis.