After late goals broke Panama's hearts in 2013, US returns

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In the three games so far for the world cup qualifying, they have won 1, lost 1, and drawn 1. "You heard people crying".

The U.S. will be back Tuesday night in a match that matters for both teams.

The USMNT defeated Panama in Panama City during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying round, scoring two late goals to dash the home side's chances of at least going to the intercontinental playoff, as Mexico sneaked in instead.

Arena deployed a very attack-minded lineup against a Honduras team he knew would bunker in and keep numbers behind the ball, but all signs point to the Americans taking a more balanced approach in Panama City.

For starters, the US win came in a chilly, rainy Avaya Stadium packed with more than 17,000 friendly fans. CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on beIN en Espanol: Bolivia vs Argentina at 4pm, Chile vs Venezuela at 6pm, Brazil vs Paraguay at 8:30pm and Peru vs Uruguay joined in progress at 10:45pm. beIN Sport has Ecuador vs Colombia at 5pm.

"If we were smart enough, we wouldn't have broken their hearts", Arena said with a laugh Monday, but perhaps only half joking.

On turning to veterans, such as Dempsey and Bradley, for leadership, Arena said: "I really believe in that because it's their team; it's not my team". They have only let in four goals in those nine games. After an 0-2 start that led the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, the Americans could move back into one of the three qualifying positions with a win Tuesday.

The U.S. could also make a change at outside back, where Jorge Villafana and Geoff Cameron played last week.

"It was obviously probably pretty devastating for the players", said American midfielder Sacha Kljestan, also among those on the field that night.

There's a lot of options for Arena, but anything that reels Pulisic in shouldn't be one of them. On Friday they didn't get a good result as they fell 1-0 to Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain. The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in Russian Federation, and the fourth-place team again goes to a playoff, this time against Asia's No. 5 nation.

"We're not in a situation where we can say, 'Great, we took our three points at home, whatever we get on the road is extra, ' " captain Michael Bradley said. "No". "We know that the pressure was on us, so he tried to take the pressure away a little bit and put it on his focus".

Midfielder Sebastian Lletget, defenders John Brooks and Michael Orozco, and forward Jordan Morris were dropped by US coach Bruce Arena, who added midfielder Paul Arriola on Saturday.

Jermaine Jones, back from a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation, could enter in a central midfield role, which would push Christian Pulisic to the left flank in place of Darlington Nagbe.

The returning Clint Dempsey was the big story, scoring a hat-trick to guide the team to the win.

Pulisic may be 18 years old and putting so much responsibility on a teenager's shoulders in a hostile environment seems foolish, but this is no average 18-year-old. "But if it comes, it comes".

"He's just a natural, the game's easy for him", Arena said.

United States coach Bruce Arena said he had no hesitation in making Pulisic the fulcrum of the U.S. attack after watching him play in a similar position for Bundesliga side Dortmund this season. Michael Bradley got on the scoresheet as well, despite a shaky outing early on, with a couple of giveaways that fans have come to expect from him.

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