Defender Jean-Jacques Pierre and midfielder Jeff Louis missed their flight from Boston to Kansas City and were not in uniform.

The one key of the formation that would wreak havoc in the Cuba back line and midfield would be the interplay between Dempsey and Bradley. Mexico or Costa Rica may finish the chances Panama and Haiti wasted.

“They group together well”. They had been the pair that played against Honduras in the first game with Brooks picking up a yellow card, meaning that another would force him to ride the pine as a reserve in the following match. “My personal opinion? This is the team to beat”. “With his great technique, with his one-touch passing, he makes things very easy and simple.

Blas Perez scored in the 34th minute to give Panama (0-1-2) the lead on a hot, humid night, and for a while it looked as if that would be enough.

Dempsey, who has scored three of the Americans’ four goals, had a rather simple explanation for the string of lackluster performances: “Teams just play hard against us”.

Meanwhile, from a business perspective, executive director of Maryland sports Terry Hasseltine said the return of the Baltimore after playing in the quarterfinals at M&T Bank Stadium in 2013 is important to the local success of the Gold Cup.

The United States didn’t turn in a terrific performance in the Gold Cup group stage, but got the job done, avoiding defeat in all three matches and clinching first place in their group. With Joe, we have that option to bring him in now, ” Klinsmann said. “If you watch those teams carefully, there is a lot of quality in this group”.

NEW YORK (AP) – Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley and Seattle’s Clint Dempsey headline eight usa national team players on the MLS All-Star team that will face English Premier League club Tottenham on July 29.

Every two years the regional champions from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean meet in a tournament called The Gold Cup. The USMNT will be facing the best third place record from either group “B” or “C” in the quarterfinals.

It was Hernan Gomez’s side that threatened first, however, as, Luis Tejada found the back of the net off a free kick in the 10th minute, but was correctly flagged offside by the assistant referee on the far sideline.

Panama broke through when Tejada slipped past Ventura Alvarado and crossed to Perez running between the center backs, and the Dallas striker chipped it in.

Instead, the Yanks played sloppy, fell behind, and had to rally for a 1-1 draw before a sold-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park.

USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced three changes to his 2015 Gold Cup roster in between the group stage and the knockout rounds.

Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin were substituted in the second half, and right away their speed and creativity made a difference. Alejandro Bedoya’s mis-hit lands nicely at the feat of Michael Bradley who pokes home to level proceedings at 1-1.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan – 7: He was sharp, especially in the 75th minute, when he laid out to deny Miguel Camargo with a spectacular one-handed reaction save.

The game opened up after the USA equalizer but both keepers remained relatively comfortable, with the best chances for each team arguably falling to Roberto Nurse and Brooks, respectively, although they were unable to direct headers on target. It was the team’s third game in seven days. He never really got into this tournament and never really picked up the rhythm.

By that, he means the knockout stage, in which the Americans are still the heavy favorites to win the tournament.