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Panama vs USA: The USMNT will go for a third straight victory when they visit Los Canaleros in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Sunday (Watch live, at 6 pm ET on NBC Universo).

[ MORE: USMNT 2-0 Jamaica | Player ratings | 5 key questions ]

After dropping points in its first two games of World Cup qualifying, the USMNT has since rebounded with a 4-1 victory in Honduras last month and a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Thursday. 18-year-old striker Ricardo Pepi bagged the winner (on his USMNT debut) against Honduras and followed that up with a two-goal outing in cap no. 2.

Pepi, along with the rest of the USMNT attack, roared to life in the second half after 45 frustrating minutes of struggling to connect passes in the final third. Full backs Sergiño Dest and Antonee Robinson were key cogs in the uprising, as they got forward on the right and left, respectively, to stretch Jamaica’s defense wider and wider. Dest got the assist for Pepi’s first goal and Robinson played the pass before the pass to set up his second.

[ MORE: Ricardo Pepi linked with Bundesliga move ]

For 45 minutes, the USMNT played Berhalterball to perfection: they pressed and harried for two-thirds of the field and allowed precious little into the final third; they looked eager to launch counter-attacks immediately after winning the ball back from said pressing, rather than slowly building out of the back or passing the ball backwards or sideways; they got the ball wide (to the full backs, when things were working) and sent multiple runners to crash the penalty area when the inevitable cross came in; they got on the end of two crosses to score two goals (and missed a third, the easiest of the bunch, by an inch or two).

USMNT news

USMNT World Cup qualifying schedule USMNT vs Jamaica: 3 things we learned in World Cup qualifying USMNT player ratings from win vs Jamaica: Pepi showcases finish (again)

USMNT injury, team news vs Panama

Berhalter’s boys picked up one additional injury in Thursday’s game, as a quad ailment will keep Weston McKennie in the United States while (most of) the rest of the team travels to Panama. Zack Steffen and Antonee Robinson will also travel straight to Columbus, site of Wednesday’s clash with Costa Rica, due to UK travel restrictions.

Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and John Brooks remain in Europe due to injuries.

How to watch USMNT and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: NBC’s Telemundo Deportes and Universo, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+

October 10

Costa Rica vs El Salvador — NBC’s Telemundo Deportes app

Jamaica vs Canada NBC’s Telemundo Deportes app

Mexico vs Honduras

Panama vs USMNT — 6pm ET — NBC’s Universo

USMNT qualifying so far

El Salvador 0-0 USMNT – 3 THINGS | PLAYER RATINGS

USMNT 1-1 Canada – 3 THINGS | PLAYER RATINGS

Honduras 1-4 USMNT – 3 THINGS | PLAYER RATINGS

USMNT 2-0 Jamaica – 3 THINGS | PLAYER RATINGS

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(L-R) Brenden Aaronson, Ricardo Pepi and Antonee Robinson – USMNT. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

How have Panama fared thus far?

Panama’s World Cup bid was progressing quite well before qualifying action resumed on Thursday. With five points from their first three games (win over Jamaica, draws with Costa Rica and Mexico), Thomas Christiansen’s side sat 3rd in the table with a tricky, but manageable, trip to El Salvador up first. The 1-0 defeat is hardly an embarrassment for Panama after the USMNT themselves settled for a draw in San Salvador on matchday 1.

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Panama vs USMNT: Preview, how to watch, start time, TV, stream link originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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