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Christian Pulisic opens the scoring for the USA in a crucial World Cup qualifier

American. Messi.

Trinidad & Tobago v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Tonight is a crucial night for the US. They face Panama in World Cup qualifying, and desperately need a win to stay on track for qualification for Russia 2018.

Christian Pulisic, as he has been known to do, made sure they got off to a good start. The 19-year-old made it 1-0 in the 8th minute.

The ball falls to Puli after a header and a flick, and his first touch is so positive. He knocks it forward, catches up, and still has the ability to take a touch around the keeper. Then he finishes from what is still a very tough angle.

It’s early, don’t be surprised if American Messi gets another before the night is over. The USMNT need his best efforts.