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Pulisic 1st hat trick leads US to 5-1 win, World Cup brink

United States' Christian Pulisic scores a goal on a penalty kick, his second of the game,...
United States' Christian Pulisic scores a goal on a penalty kick, his second of the game, during the first half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match against Panama, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)(Julio Cortez | AP)
Published: Mar. 27, 2022 at 10:32 PM MDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Christian Pulisic scored his first international hat trick, leading the United States to the brink of returning to the World Cup with a 5-1 rout of Panama.

Pulisic converted two penalty kicks during a four-goal burst in the first half that also saw Paul Arriola and Jesús Ferreira score, then boosted the lead to 5-0 on memorable goal with two brilliant touches that evaded a pair of defenders.

With fans still fretting after the Americans’ failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. assumed a commanding position to qualify for this November’s tournament in Qatar.

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3/27/2022 10:05:36 PM (GMT -6:00)