USA vs. Panama result: Christian Pulisic hat-trick guides USMNT to emphatic win in critical World Cup qualifier

Christian Pulisic led the way, wearing the captain's armband and bagging a hat-trick in the blowout win. Paul Arriola scored a goal and played well in his 45 minutes.

With the four goal margin, the U.S. would now have to lose by six or more goals against Costa Rica on Wednesday to be knocked out of an automatic qualifying position.

Goals (Assists): 17th min — USA — Christian Pulisic  23rd min — USA Paul  27th min — USA Jesus  45th min — USA — Christian Pulisic  65th min — USA — Christian Pulisic  85th min — PAN Anibal Godoy

Barring an unimaginable, catastrophic loss on Wednesday, the United States men's national team will be playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The red, white and blue dominated Panama 5-1 on Sunday in their second-to-last World Cup qualifier as Christian Pulisic registered a hat trick.

On Sunday, the U.S. led 3-0 by the half-hour mark with Pulisic (penalty), Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira all scoring in a 10-minute span. It was an early foul on Walker Zimmerman.

In the second half, it was again all USA, with Pulisic rounding out his hat trick with an audacious goal, taking a stellar touch, nutmegging a defender and finishing with class.

Panama, who had their fair share of chances, scored a late consolation goal, but that was all they would get by a united USA defense led by Zimmerman and Miles Robinson.