Major League Soccer

US earns important 1-1 draw vs. Panama

(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PANAMA CITY (AP) Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States.

Pulisic made an outstanding individual move to spin a defender and feed Clint Dempsey for his 56th international goal, and the Americans hung on for an important 1-1 draw against Panama on Tuesday night that kept up their rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Dempsey's 39th-minute goal on a warm and humid night moved him within one of Landon Donovan's American scoring record, but Gabriel Gomez tied the score four minutes later when the U.S. allowed him a clear shot after a thrown-in bounced off a scrum.