Bruce Arena sounds rally cry ahead of USA's crucial qualifiers

2:25 | Soccer         A World Cup Without Messi

2:25 | Soccer A World Cup Without Messi

Lose, and it will be the first time the USA has not been at the World Cup finals since 1986 in Mexico.

That goal settled stomachs as the United States eased to a 4-0 victory in a crucial World Cup qualifier. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo came off his line. Jozy Altidore scored twice in the win. Jozy Altidore had two goals and an assist while Bobby Wood also got his name on the score sheet in a ideal result for the USMNT, which earned just its third win in its last nine qualifiers. And Fabian Johnson or not, they have no excuse not to do so. He was the driving force behind nearly everything positive the USA did in its attack.

The starters will not be announced until game day, but the roster of players available for the match is constructed with the team's biggest stars, including: Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Christian Pulisic. "I'm happy I was able to contribute a little bit, and contribute a goal". If the Americans perform well enough to win their final two fixtures of the Hex, we'll see the Red, White and Blue next summer in Russian Federation.

And the second came before the 20-minute mark, when Pulisic beat his defender on the left flank and curled a ideal pass across the Panama goalmouth for Altidore to tuck away for the 2-0 advantage.

Veteran defensive midfielder Graham Zusi meanwhile voiced confidence that the United States would get the result they needed."I think you've seen this team respond to pressure well in the past", he told reporers.

Cameron played a full match for Stoke in Saturday's 2-1 win over Southampton, his first action since injuring a hamstring against Manchester United on September 9. Every time we create a setting that supports our team in a tremendous manner like tonight, it helps us.

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"I thought we were smart in how we went about it", Bradley said on Friday night. It's a stark contrast to the beginning of the year, when the US' seven-time qualification streak seemed in peril.

Pulisic, who was the target of some hard fouls by the Panamanian team, was substituted early in the second half for Dax McCarty with the US chasing a fourth. In fact, the US have lost more matches at home during the Hex than away. "The game in Trinidad is not going to be an easy one", said coach Bruce Arena, who led the U.S.at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, then returned after the Americans opened the hexagonal last fall with two losses under Jurgen Klinsmann. The Canaleros were simply overwhelmed by the speed, passing and movement from the entire American attack, not just Pulisic. This is my 20th year playing as a professional. You could certainly make a case for Altidore for the night's man of the match honors, but the way Pulisic took control of the game early on was a sight to behold.

If you can't make the game, it will be televised nationally on ESPN2. "He did what he wanted".

"It was a good win for our team", manager Arena said afterwards. "The better collection of players we have around Christian, he's just going to be a better player".

Do I think that Bruce Arena will use this very aggressive, talented, and potentially volatile lineup? However, a win for Les Elephants won't book their place in Russian Federation until the result of Group C's other match between Morocco and Gabon happens on Saturday. The American Outlaws and Co. populated "The Wall" - Orlando's intimidating, steeply inclined north end - well before kickoff, infusing warm-ups with tangible energy.

El Tri won only two of their 10 hex games in 2014 World Cup qualifying and yet at the WC, they got a draw against Brazil, the World Cup host, and made it to the second round. If Messi doesn't get any teammates to step up in the attack on Tuesday against Ecuador he and Argentina won't even make the World Cup.

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