The Americans had a chance to equalize just before the half, when Bedoya challenged two defenders at the top of the box.
In the 55th minute, Dempsey took a pass from Gyasi Zardes while falling with his back to the goal, and poked it wide to Bedoya. He obviously knows his body the best. While the U.S.is getting results, it will be hard-pressed to continue to do so in this tournament if its form doesn’t improve.
The Americans are the big favorites for this match, but considering the great urgency on Panama’s shoulders to win this game we could always witness a sensation. The Linc will play host to the final match, and if you want to plan your trip tickets right now are selling for around $50.
Brooks was picked to start in the middle of the defense with Ventura Alvarado after the backline against Haiti looked out of sorts for periods of time.
Adding to the frustration for the USA were the circumstances that led to Garcia calling the match. Only goalkeeper Brad Guzan and captain Michael Bradley-both of whom started all three group stage matches for the U.S.-remained in the starting eleven. He can do plenty of running, is a decent passer and even has a couple of goals. It was 1-0 Panama in the 34th minute. Against Panama, both were exposed by the experienced forward partnership of Pérez and Luis Tejada, not least for the former’s goal. Can the USMNT make it a clean sweep with a victory over Panama or will Los Canaleros have their revenge? He earned a yellow card as well. He also is proficient at maintaining possession, something the Americans have struggled to do.
Brooks ended up having a bad first-half. His work rate and calming influence was noticeable in the second half. We might meet them in the semifinal again – it’s a team full of talent and good players.
Michael Bradley scored the equalizer as the U.S. Men played Panama to a 1-1 draw Monday. It hasn’t happened. Now, the margin for error is gone. He did not play in the group stage finale against Panama on Monday.
The result left Panama (3 points) in third in Group A, with US (7) finishing first – joined in the last-eight by second-placed Haiti (4). “We’ll sit down and discuss and make our decision”.
The US next heads to Baltimore for the Quarterfinals on Saturday with their opponent yet to be determined. Yet he sounded like a man content to give Bedoya more minutes based on Monday’s performance. He’s got four days to figure out a way to put his team in position to exert a bit more control over a game. The U.S.is playing the reactive soccer Klinsmann has pledged to avoid, and apart from Bradley, Dempsey, Guzan and Johnson, there are question marks everywhere. Taking a seat are Greg Garza, Alfredo Morales and Jozy Altidore, who has been hampered by an ailing hamstring. Neither did midfielder Graham Zusi, who also had suffered a knock.
This is your Gold Cup open gamethread. While potential upcoming contests against Mexico and Costa Rica should pose sterner problems than anything the US has encountered so far, Klinsmann insists the team is ready for the challenge.
“I have some ideas about roster changes, but I have 24 hours”, he said.
p style=”text-align: center;”>