The US threatened Panama’s goal on only a handful of occasions in the first half, with a run by Alejandro Bedoya in the 15th minute culminating in a save by Jaime Penedo Cano the most promising foray.
Brazilian star Kaka (Orlando City) and Spanish standout David Villa (New York City FC) were also among the 10 players announced Monday as winners of fan voting on the league’s website and on social media.
That being said, Sporting KC fans are probably not going to be too torn up about it. As Captain, Besler has provided a veteran presence and anchored a back line that’s been ravaged by injuries. The inability to finish off good chances.
Before going into what my (all-important) opinion is for the best lineup for the rest of of the tournament, let’s pause and take a step back – crazy, I know.
Not that things have necessarily been easy in Group A.
The American equalizer came in the 55th minute when clever United States interplay culminated with Bedoya picking out Bradley with a low cross in the penalty area. Its about grinding, find a way.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.Were trying to get everyone together, Dempsey explained. The striker was a member of the 2013 Gold Cup champion team, but has not been called into camp since the tournament. Yet looking at the group stage of the Gold Cup and Klinsmann’s widespread rotation, that focus once again appears to have blurred. “If you watch those teams carefully, there is a lot of quality in this group”.
Panama must await the outcome of the remaining group matches this week to know whether a pair of draws – after blowing 1-0 leads in both games – will be enough to advance.
The United States completed the Gold Cup group stage undefeated on Monday night against Panama, but left plenty of room for improvement in hopes of defending the Concacaf crown and earning an automatic berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Though they did well to battle to a 1-1 draw in a rematch of the 2013 final, their fate will be determined by action in the other two groups.
Three minutes into second-half stoppage time, a last-gasp effort by Panama’s Armando Cooper was caught by Guzan for his seventh save of the night.
The Yanks had already won Group A, but Panama needed a win and only got a point. They’ll look to eliminate a team from Panama that will be desperate for a win, or at the very least a tie as the outcome.
Panama finally broke through when Tejada slipped past Ventura Alvarado and crossed to Perez running between the center backs. The midfielder is now set to make his case for more consistent playing time with the first team.
Jurgen Klinsmann brought on DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey at halftime for Alfredo Morales and Chris Wondolowski. Teams could make up to six roster changes using their 35-player preliminary list.Altidore started the first two games in the group stage but was substituted out of both.
From the opening whistle, Haiti was the more aggressive team and chances came nearly immediately with Nazon putting a shot on frame that goalkeeper Donis Escobar parried away in the second minute. 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.