Auditions for a regular place on Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States Men’s National Team continue tonight in Panama City.
After what many considered a lackluster showing against Venezuela, Klinsy’s young squad will have a chance to prove themselves versus a Panama team currently considered by FIFA to be the the 3rd best in CONCACAF.
Panama are an improving side for sure and though few players featuring tonight were in the squad for this summer’s Gold Cup, the USMNT will surely be thinking of reasserting their local dominance over a team who issued them a considerable blow.
The end was soon to come for Bob Bradley and now Klinsmann has a decent opportunity to assess the skill and depth of our talent pool.
Panama will feature a more experimental line-up as well, but let’s see if the new boss can do with a B-squad what Huh-Bob couldn’t with our aces.
You can check out the match on ESPN3 or Galavision, check in over at the four-letter to schmooze with UF’s formidable James T, or, if you’re a glutton for punishment, hang out here with me.
Match starts at 8:30! Starting line-ups coming soon.
Line-ups are in!
United States (4-4-2): Nick Rimando; A.J. DeLaGarza, Michael Parkhurst, Geoff Cameron, Zach Loyd; Graham Zusi, Ricardo Clark, Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea; Chris Wondolowski, Teal Bunbury.
Panama (4-4-2): Luis Mejía; Rolando Algandona, Eduardo Dasent, Eric Vázquez, Carlos Rodríguez; Amir Waithe, Marcos Sánchez, Gabriel Gómez, Alberto Quintero; Luis Rentería, Blas Pérez.
I’m not a Rico Clark guy but hey, he got the winner the other night. Love to see Shea continue to build his national team experience and excited for more Boon-boo-ree. Would have liked to see Feilhaber again as I thought he was one of the most influential against Venezuela.
Pregame: Panama — great isthmus or greatest isthmus?
Pregame: Waiting for ESPN3 to start showing the match is better pregame than Wynalda and Piers Morgan.
Pregame: Fiancee slowly realizing we will not be watching ‘Modern Family’ tonight…
Pregame: Jones is U.S. captain, big opportunity for him.
And we’re off!
1:00 – ESPN3 sucks. Hopefully USMNT won’t.
2:00 – Poor pass from
Clark Loyd there. It begins?
3:00 – Very weak shot that Rimando handles easily. Not even a signal of intent there.
3:30 – Not high on any of the US backups for TIMMAY I must say. Not a Guzan guy.
6:00 – Panama definitely concentrated on the wings, an attempt to expose inexperienced US fullbacks.
8:00 – GOAL! Zusi nets off a rebound on the first real chance for the USMNT!
9:30 – One Panama defender with a bad missed headed clearance on that goal, may have taken a deflection off another actually.
13:00 – Yellow card for Loyd. Jones forced him into it with a poor pass.
14:00 – And Panama waste the ensuing free-kick. High and weak. And Rimando risky with the feet.
16:30 – If that Panamaniac hadn’t mistimed his jump that’s a sure goal. Great ball.
18:00 – De La Garza just tried to pop off from about 45 yards. Probably lucky it was blocked.
20:00 – Good first 20 minutes for the Yanks, organized and building in intensity.
21:00 – Tricky cross from Loyd gives Panama a scare at the back. Safely handled in the end.
23:00 – And some sustained pressure for Panama. Rimando finally snares it. He’s had good command of the box thus far.
25:00 – Rimando with a great save! Real rescue act there.
27:00 – US forwards have been ghosts.
29:00 – What a sequence! Long range from Jones acrobatically stopped by Mejia who then stops Wondo off the rebound point blank!
32:30 – Rimando goes crazy for a few seconds. US lucky to clear.
35:00 – Of course after I praise the US they have 15 minutes of chaos. Rimando redeems that last foolishness! But Panama are really threatening now.
41:00 – Easy there, Jones. Seems he could be gaining a reputation. Not much to the foul though really.
43:00 – Bunbury finally gets involved, and gives up the ball for a dangerous rush at the US goal. Rimando snuffs it out again.
Half Time: The US leads 1-0 thanks to Graham Zusi’s 1st international goal. The first 20-25 minutes were solid but the rest were played entirely in the US half. Bunbury and Wondolowski nowhere to be found up top, and the midfield failing to really dictate play. Klinsmann’s adjustments should be interesting.
Half Time: Oh look! ESPN brought the B-squad too! Smyth, Hislop, and Gesundheit.
And we’re back!
46:00 – Keeper change for the US, Johnson for Rimando.
47:00 – Sean Johnson looked a lot different when he was a young white girl competing as an Olympic gymnast.
49:00 – Panama continue to exploit the flanks. Way too many crosses and corners coming in.
50:30 – USMNT really unsure at the back right now. New keeper must assert himself.
51:00 – USMNT down to 10 men! Cameron sent off with a straight red. Looks soft but he’s the last man back. It’s just outside the box. Offside trap fails again.
54:00 – The subs will help, but Klinsmann’s men need to show some real toughness with over a third of the match to play.
US Substitution: Wondo (Off) <-> Parke (On)
59:00 – I fear that card will make this game much more boring. Great to hear the Royal Panamanian Kazoo Philharmonic in the crowd.
65:00 – Strong collect from Johnson. Got to believe he’ll be tested for real here at some point.
US Substitutions: Clark <–> Laurentowicz, Zusi <–> Evans
69:00 – Bunbury needs to come off too. Very disappointing showing so far.
Panama Substitution: Waithe <-> Ovalle
72:00 – US possessing much better with only 10 men.
73:00 – Yellow Card for De La Garza.
Panama Substitution: Renteria <-> Mosquera
US Sub: Bunbury (finally) <-> Sapong
Panama Sub: Quintera <-> Botella
77:00 – Panama getting dangerously close to connecting on another cross. First in some time though. Really should be finished.
80:00 – Sapong has already held the ball up for longer than Bunbury did all match.
81:00 – I like Jones. I do. But he is way too prone to momentary lapses. Better teams will punish them.
85:00 – Parke nearly gifts Perez an equalizer, and once again it’s squandered. He was guilty on the header earlier as well.
89:00 – Panama strangely appear to be in no real rush. No energy from them or the crowd. Beyond our intrepid Kazooists that is.
90:00 – 3 minutes of Canal Time added.
Panama Sub: Gomez <-> De Gracia
94:00 – First corner of the match for the US. Telling statistic in terms of US pressure in this match.
And that’s that. 0-1 to the USMNT.
The red card on Cameron really colored the second half, but still an overall uninspiring performance from the US for me. Neither team looked all that energetic or creative. But I suppose a win is a win, and good experience for US youngsters.
Sapong was a strong presence at the end and good for Zusi scoring his first national team goal.
Thanks for joining me everyone!