The US Men’s National Team needed a big win and boy did they get themselves a big win. The USMNT has all but clinched qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 5-1 dismantling of Panama. The Americans will automatically qualify on Wednesday night as long as Costa Rica doesn’t beat them by six or more goals.
USMNT captain Christian Pulisic especially came up huge during the must-win contest. The Hershey, PA native scored two early penalties and then mesmerized the masses with this incredible effort in the box to complete his hat trick. Pulisic is the sixth USMNT player to score a hat trick during World Cup qualifying.
CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH THE HAT TRICK 🎩🎩🎩
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 28, 2022
Despite a sorry looking “Worm” goal celebration, Pulisic stepped up and has all but guaranteed a return to the World Cup after the United States missed out on 2018. Those who have been following the USMNT were very appreciative of Pulisic’s and the team’s performance.
That touch from Pulisic was some Bergkamp stuff.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 28, 2022
@cpulisic_10 🧊 in them veins.
— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) March 27, 2022
Pulisic megged himself, megged a defender and scored. Even Messi doesn’t nutmeg himself. Who else nutmegs their own two legs. Please. America is winning everything forever.
— Will Parchman (@WillParchman) March 28, 2022
Pulisic almost looked surprised to see that ball still at his feet after the spin. And then the next touch is… insane.
— Chad from KC. In a mask (again). (@TheChad_KC) March 28, 2022
The skills, the megs, the finish. Christian Pulisic with the goal of the night:
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) March 28, 2022
1,629 days between these 2 images. The agony of failing to qualify for World Cup. Then, exhilaration of scoring the hattrick that takes US Men to the cusp of return. Can't imagine what Pulisic is experiencing in this moment. Exorcising ghost of failure with Tenacity and Wonder 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/48pzPBpDoq
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) March 28, 2022
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) March 28, 2022
Quite a couple of touches to complete a hat trick. Christian Pulisic's first for #USMNT.
— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) March 28, 2022
Christian Pulisic gets his first #USMNT hat trick!
It's the sixth World Cup qualifying hat trick in team history…
🇺🇸 Christian Pulisic
🇺🇸 Clint Dempsey
🇺🇸 Jozy Altidore
🇺🇸 Eddie Johnson
🇺🇸 Peter Millar
🇺🇸 Aldo Donelli
— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) March 28, 2022
— Caitlin Murray (@caitlinmurr) March 27, 2022
Absolutely lethal goal from Pulisic for the hattrick, making it 5-0… exclamation point on a huge match for #USMNT
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_TV) March 28, 2022
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) March 28, 2022
Hershey, Pennsylvania’s greatest gifts to the world:
1. Christian Pulisic
2. Some guy’s chocolate company
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) March 28, 2022
Christian Pulisic. The night we've been waiting for.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) March 28, 2022