The USMNT player ratings against Panama reflected their dominance, as Gregg Berhalter’s team cruised to a 5-1 victory to secure their World Cup qualification.
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Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick and goals from Paul Arriola and Jesús Ferreira did the damage in the first half, while the USMNT was clinical and Panama had no answer.
With the win, the USMNT can afford to lose 5-0 in Costa Rica on Wednesday and still automatically qualify for the World Cup.
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Below are the USMNT player ratings for the win that basically secured their spot.
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USMNT Player Ratings
zack steffen:6 – Some really shaky moments trying to claim crosses in the first half and some confusion when he came off his line late in the second half. He allowed Godoy to come home late. He will have to clear that up and he has to play regularly before the World Cup which starts in November. He has to.
Shaq Moore: 7.5 – Very good performance by the Tenerife right-back who joined the squad at the last minute. Solid in defense and added a lot in attack. He can push Yedlin and Cannon all the way to be Sergino Dest’s backup on the right side.
miles robinson:7 – He won the penalty kick for the fourth at one end, while at the other he made some key blocks as Panama hammered crosses early on.
Walker Zimmerman: 7.5 – Won the crucial penalty kick early and was a real nuisance from set pieces. However, Godoy allowed himself to be beaten from a set piece for Panama’s goal.
antony robinson: 7.5 – An early mistake to give the ball away that almost cost the USMNT, but it was so good going forward. He made some delicious crosses and got two assists.
Tyler Adams:8 – It was everywhere. As usual. He got the ball back so many times and came up with a great block early in the second half. He makes this team work.
Yunus Musah:7 – Really solid first half as he dropped deep, took the ball and tried to dictate the pace of the game.
Lucas of the Tower: 8 – Very positive performance from the Heracles midfielder, who got into some forward positions and was clean and tidy on the ball. He is an underrated player who fits very well into Berhalter’s system.
Paul Arriola: 7.5 – He only played the first 45 minutes but caused a lot of problems for Panama. He headed the second goal and was involved in the third, as his speed and direct running helped the US cause chaos in the final third.
Jesus Ferrera: 7.5 – Finished off a slick move in the first half and delivered a daring bicycle kick. He missed two big chances in the second half, but kept getting into the right positions. He jumped at the chance of him coming out on top in that false nine role.
Christian Pulisic: 8.5 – An absolute threat in the first half. He played angry and led by example. He scored two penalty kicks in the first half, then finished off his hat-trick beautifully after some great control and a spin. His first career hat-trick was huge for the USMNT. His confidence is through the roof right now.
Kellyn Acosta (45′ by Musah): 7.5 – Added extra energy in midfield.
Gio Reyna (45 ‘in favor of Arriola): 8 – Burning! He slotted some great balls.
Aaron Long (63′ in favor of M. Robinson): 6 – He did his job defensively.
Gianluca Busio (71′ by Adams): 6 – Good ball touches.
Jordan Morris (71′ in favor of Pulisic): 6 – He works a lot on the right.
USMNT vs. Panama player ratings originally appeared on NBCSports.com