3 unsung heroes from the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying win

The United States got a huge win over Panama on Friday night, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore grabbing a lot of headlines with fantastic performances up front in the 4-0 victory. But three other players who sailed under the radar a bit deserve a lot of plaudits for their performances, because the U.S. would not have dominated the game like it did without them.

Bobby Wood

Wood scored the USMNT’s final goal of the night, but that was just the cherry on top of his performance. Wood was vital to his team’s efforts in the final third all night long, running tirelessly for 90 minutes and constantly disrupting Panama’s defense.

Wood has been coming into his own in a big way over the past year, and that development has seriously benefited the USMNT. He’s always been a hard runner, but he’s learned how to use it effectively, shown off on Friday night in how he continuously used his runs off the ball to clear space for Pulisic and Altidore to work with.

He left Panama’s defense so frustrated that Felipe Baloy had to be substituted at halftime, because Wood was drawing a lot of hard contact from the veteran defender and he was sitting on a yellow card already. That came after he

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/10/7/16440362/usa-vs-panama-2018-world-cup-qualifier-bobby-wood-deandre-yedlin-paul-arriola

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