<
>
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Get ESPN+

How the United States should approach Panama

Bruce Arena's new-look United States men's national team announced its presence with authority on Friday night. A Clint Dempsey hat trick, a star-making goal and two-assist performance from Christian Pulisic, and an astounding left-footed strike from Michael Bradley highlighted a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras. It's the best the team has looked in ages.

It's often hard to find relevant takeaways from a game so lopsided, even more so because Sebastian Lletget opened the scoring for the U.S. only five minutes in. In this case though, despite the lopsided score, the match offered some insight into how Arena envisions playing going forward.