The Christian Pulisic Era Has Officially Begun

Clint Dempsey scored again but the United States were held to a 1-1 draw by Panama in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

There might come a time when the actually grateful for a night like this.

The chances started to flow as Tim Howard was forced into a strong save by Alberto Quintero, whose effort was straight at the United States of America goalkeeper. In CONCACAF they don't defend properly, they just come steaming through.

The top three nations qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against Asia's fifth-place nation.

Brooks, a regular for Hertha Berlin, left on a stretcher in the 70th minute because of a sinus infection and was given blood tests.

This results leaves the US Men's National Team in a prime position for qualifying to the 2018 World Cup.

Clint Dempsey of the Sounders scored his 56th global goal and is one short of Landon Donovan's national record.

According to CBS Sports, the US soccer team will again depend on the brilliance of Christian Pulisic and team captain Clint Dempsey in the upcoming matches.

While in their qualifying group table 2018 U.S. team ranked fourth. Arena's side are next at home to T&T on 8 June, then away to Mexico three days later.

For the US and Coach Bruce Arena, three points from two games puts the American team back in the conversation ahead of matches in June against Trinidad and Tobago (June 8), and at Mexico (June 11). That gives him four goals in his past two matches, a mini-renaissance for a player believed to be past his prime by some.

Also in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Honduras vs Costa Rica is on NBC Universo at 5pm. beIN Sport has Trinidad & Tobago vs Mexico at 7pm.

USA coach Bruce Arena said he had no hesitation in making Pulisic the fulcrum of the USA attack after watching him play in a similar position for Bundesliga side Dortmund this season.

The second half featured plenty of chances, but neither side could brake through as the teams shared the points. A win would have sent Panama on to an intercontinental qualifier, with the country's first-ever World Cup berth on the line.

Injuries caused three projected starters to drop out before training camp opened: midfielder Fabian Johnson, right back DeAndre Yedlin and forward Bobby Wood. Just four minutes later and after multiple scares for the USA defense, Panama scored off a long throw from Adolfo Machado. Graham Zusi started at right back while Tim Ream partnered with Omar Gonzalez in central defense.

"When you play against top defenders in Europe, they recognize the talent and defend properly".

"He wasn't doing too well today", Arena said.

On turning to veterans, such as Dempsey and Bradley, for leadership, Arena said: "I really believe in that because it's their team; it's not my team". It's insane, but it's effective on certain nights when the referee isn't on your side. It's not four points on the night, but if it comes down to it, getting a bunch of goals on a tiebreaker is important, especially after we had the 4-0 loss [in Costa Rica].

"Panama thought there was a bullseye on his back and they went after him from the first minute all the way through", Arena said of Pulisic.

Going into the Honduras match, the USMNT was already stretched thin due to injury but it will be a tougher task in Panama with John Brooks and Jordan Morris also being sent home.

  • Julie Sanders