Alti­dore brace helps US close in on fi­nals

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

CHRIS­TIAN PULISIC pulled the strings and Jozy Alti­dore grabbed a brace as the United States over­ran Panama 4-0 in Or­lando on Fri­day to leave them on the verge of au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the World Cup.

A win in their fi­nal match against Trinidad and Tobago will likely be enough to see them through. Pulisic got their opener af­ter eight min­utes. Alti­dore made it two 11 min­utes later. The striker made it 3-0 be­fore half­time and Bobby Wood got a fourth goal 18 min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Eng­land’s Jack But­land dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion at The LFF Sta­dium in Vil­nius ahead of to­day’s game against Lithua­nia. Photo: Dan Mul­lan

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