Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 8:43
Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked in November and replaced by Bruce Arena, the us coach from 1998-2006, and the USA team accomplished its immediate goal by getting back into contention with Friday's 6-0 rout of visiting Honduras - Dempsey had three goals - and then a point in Panama.
"This is a very important match", Coach Bruce Arena said.
M KELLYN ACOSTA, 6: Brought a little forward-thinking drive in central midfield.
"The away games are always tougher than the home games, especially with the conditions", midfielder Jermaine Jones said in San Jose.
Mexico leads with 10 points, followed by Costa Rica with seven, Panama with five, the US and Honduras with four each, and Trinidad and Tobago with three.
Hope renewedLos Canaleros have made a good start to the "Hexagonal", the final six-team qualifying round in the CONCACAF zone, from which three teams will qualify directly for Russian Federation 2018 and a fourth will go forward to an intercontinental play-off versus a team from Asia.
The USMNT lead the all-time series vs. Panama handily with an 11-1-4 record, including a 5-0-1 advantage in World Cup qualifying and a 2-0-1 mark in qualifiers in Panama City.
"This is probably the most athletic team in CONCACAF, so it's hard to match them", Howard said.
Klinsmann's successor was forced into three changes from that thrashing.
I do wonder if Arena would've gone in a different direction had either Geoff Cameron or John Brooks or both been available.
DaMarcus Beasley, after all, has prolonged his career by morphing from jet-heeled winger to mature full-back.
Sound defending on the left- Looking at the projected lineup, the defensive pairing on the left side is an unusual one containing Jorge Villafana and Tim Ream. The other adjustment was in central midfield, where Jermaine Jones returned from suspension to replace the injured Sebastian Lletget.
Already missing a few useful players to injury and other factors, manager Hernan Dario Gomez looks likely to be without veteran striker and former MLS cult hero Blas Perez, who picked up a hamstring problem in the run-up to Friday's game.
Two goals came in a flurry at the end of the first half.
Aside from this nifty Christian Pulisic move to set up Clint Dempsey, the USMNT did not do much of outcome down in Panama City. In the first game of selection in 2017, Panamanians on the road burned Trinidad and Tobago 0: 1, eventually after 3 rounds with 4 points and goal difference 1: 1 Panama takes the third place in the group.
The USMNT defeated Panama in Panama City during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying round, scoring two late goals to dash the home side's chances of at least going to the intercontinental playoff, as Mexico sneaked in instead.
Darlington Nagbe goes between Armando Cooper and Felipe Baloy, as Christian Pulisic looks on. Panama duly had the better of the early exchanges on Tuesday.
A few spicy challenges on Christian Pulisic were a form of tribute to the 18-year-old attacking midfielder's form.
However, Panama equalised through Gabriel Gomez just before the break at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez.
Comparisons are already being made with an idol of USA men's national soccer team who made the No. 10 jersey his own for many years: Landon Donovan.
Panama did not deserve to enter half-time behind - and didn't.