United States Rallies To Beat Panama, Saves Mexico’s World Cups Hopes

In all, the Americans started just two players who began the clinching match against Mexico: defender Clarence Goodson and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya. In the absence of Dempsey and Howard, Jozy Altidore captained the national team for the first time. It was an opportunity for us to see some players stepping in, Klinsmann said, Panama got the early goal when Marcos Sanchez sent a layoff to the top of the penalty area, and Torres split the defenders and easily beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a one-timed shot to the corner. Orozco scored his third international goal off a Davis corner kick. Sacha Kljestan was hauled down by Luis Henriquez right in front of the goal, allowing the ball to fall to Orozco. With his back toward the goal, Orozco lifted his left leg and made just enough contact to score from 6 yards. Orozco then did a little dance with DaMarcus Beasley, the American left back of late who was given the night off. Panama could have been awarded a penalty kick two minutes later, but Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell didnt whistle Bedoya for knocking over Alberto Quintero as he streaked into the penalty area. Two minutes later, Guzan got his left hand up to stop a point-blank shot by Torres. Panama came back when Torres sent the ball down the right flank to Roberto Chen, who sent a low cross through the penalty area. Guzan slapped the ball with his right hand and the ball ricocheted to Tejada, who stepped in front of Kyle Beckerman. But it wasnt over.

2014 World Cup Simulator Paints Bleak Picture for United States

Here are the worst of the worst for the US. US, Germany, Nigeria, Italy. That win over Nigeria would be fun. US, Spain, France, Cameroon. Imagine the United States playing against Spain in a meaningful affair. On second thought, don’t. US, Germany, Ecuador, France. The US beating a B/C German side on home soil in a friendly is one thing. Facing their best in a World Cup is quite another. US, Spain, France, Nigeria. The current FIFA rankings tell me that the US are better than are France.