Pulisic was a recurring target for Panama’s rough stuff. In his nascent yet meteoric career, American 18-year-old wunderkind Christian Pulisic has already been through a few tough away games with his club Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena is one of the sport’s fortresses.
PANAMA CITY — Bruce Arena addressed a wide variety of topics during a roundtable with traveling reporters Monday. Some of his comments appeared in my formal story online earlier Monday and in print Tuesday. Many others landed here: Managing a team over a long qualifying schedule will have its ups and downs. “There is a swing of emotions and mentalities all the time. It’s a roller-coaster. We don’t want it to be a roller-coaster; we want it to be a little bit of a flat line. But that’s sport.” The weather at kickoff will be 80 degrees with high humidity. Advantage: Panamanians? “It’s going to be challenging for both teams. There’s no difference between Panama’s team and ours.” His point: Eleven
Bayern Munich's hopes of securing a second treble in four years received a boost on Tuesday with Douglas Costa back in training after the club confirmed he does not need knee surgery. The Brazil winger did some stability exercises at Bayern's training ground as Carlo Ancelotti's squad gathered after the international break. Costa, 26, was sidelined for Bayern's 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach ten days ago with what Ancelotti described as "a minor knee problem", but it sidelined him for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.