RECAP: PANAMA 0 - 1 USA
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In a dull and lifeless game in Panama City, the United States narrowly defeated Panama on Wednesday night for their third straight win under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

The win concluded the annual January camp which is held mostly for players based in Scandinavia and MLS. This year's team also was joined by Jermaine Jones who is serving an eight week suspension at Schalke and Ricardo Clark who has fallen out of favor with Eintracht Frankfurt.

The US defeated Venezuela 1-0 on Saturday night in Arizona when Clark scored in the seventh minute of injury time in the second half.

The United States got on the board in the 8th minute when left back Zach Loyd sent in a cross that flicked on by Chris Wondolowski and then hit Teal Bunbury close to the goal. The ball then rolled out and found a wide open Graham Zusi who buried the shot from close range for a 1-0 lead.

For Zusi, it was his first ever goal for the US national team after he earned his first cap on Saturday against Venezuela.

In the 26th minute Panama nearly equalized when Luis Renteria got behind the US defense and hit a hard shot that US goalkeeper Nick Rimando initially saved. The ball, however, bounced past Rimando and continued towards goal. Rimando was able to then dive behind him and push the ball away from the net.

In the 31st minute the United States should have scored again when Jermaine Jones hit a spectacular long distance shot that was saved by Panama's goalkeeper Luis Mejia. The rebound however came right out to Chris Wondolowski who shot off a header forced a second fantastic save by Mejia from close range.

In the second half the Panama gained a man advantage when Panamanian captain Blas Perez got behind the US defense again. Central defender Geoff Cameron caught up to Perez but was called for a foul right outside the box. Being that there were no other defenders between Perez and the US goal, Cameron was shown a red card and the US was down to 10 men.

In the 77th minute, Perez missed another very good chance to get Panama on the board when his header beat US goalkeeper Sean Johnson but missed the left post by inches.

In the 88th minute, Perez missed yet again on the best opportunity Panama had all night. On the play Panama sent a ball into the box and US central defender Jeff Parke collided with Rolando Botello. The ball bounced out to Perez who missed an open net from just 7 yards away.

The United States managed to hang on for the win despite being down a man for almost the entire second half.

Next up for the United States is trip to Genoa to take on Italy. That game will fall on a FIFA international date and all of the top players will be available.
day-o
Friday January 27, 2012 12:49 am
Pass the ball! Pass the ball already....Please pass the damn ball. Why do these guys hold the ball up for so long? See man, pass ball. Simple. See man, pass ball. O.k, it's easier said than done. Fortunately the first team has show tremendous improvement in this area. Hopefully there will be further progress under Klinsmann.
Alex
Thursday January 26, 2012 7:49 pm
I think YA is being way too harsh on the team. Was anybody expcecting a work of art from inexperienced players on the road in Central America. While nobody may have pushed his way into to first team I am sure JK is happy that he has some tough minded reserves to turn to should bad things happen to the first string.
eurofan
Thursday January 26, 2012 3:27 pm
wow some of you US fans are really pathetic...first you cry you want bradley out and now thats he's out of the team you want him back??? really? Bradley is lame for a coach and he will show you that with the Egyptian team, I can guarantee it! the only reason he was good cause of the competition....guatemala, grenada, honduras. He lost every game against tougher competition, in every game. Now we have players with acutal quality wanting to play for the US, unlike before nobody did with Bradley. Me personally this US team plays better than the previous ones, just cause we actually attack more and create more chances than anytime previous. The only time we would attack with Bradley was when the US was down 2-0 or 1-0 hell even 3-0...sooo what im saying is stop being complaining, your making the US sound lame with your girlie ways of complaining. thank you;)
Brad Burgess
Thursday January 26, 2012 2:50 pm
It is so funny reading what you all put on here. First you rip Bradley because he is such a bad coach. Now you say you want him back! This is terrible. Klinnsman is doing a good job. He is having to turn around an entire national program and it takes time. I see some very exciting things happening and I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds.
2tone
Thursday January 26, 2012 2:24 pm
Got to love fans reactions. Bring back Bradley really. Bradley's teams never performed well in Central America. People need to get a clue. Was it pretty uhm, no. Was it a dominating performance uhm, no. Did they win, uhm, yes. They dominated Venezuela at home. Go look at the stats. It seems most of you have never been to an away match in Central America before with the USMNT. It's a hostile unfriendly atmosphere. you pull out a win in Central America while being down to ten men when most of these players have never played an international game in Panama or Central America; I give them a resounding hooya.
Pdemelo
Thursday January 26, 2012 10:12 am
I never disliked Bob Braddley, I believe he got out the best out of the player pool that he had at his disposal. Let's face it we do not have good forwards, do he used our strength...midfield. When our defense & midfield were strong, we did well. Not sure Klinsmann with his tactics his getting the best out of our player pool.
David M
Thursday January 26, 2012 8:57 am
Almost 10 games under Klinsmann now and not one can be described even as a half-decent effort. Bring back Bradley! Never thought I'd say that.
Pdemelo
Thursday January 26, 2012 8:28 am
Unfortunetly, I have to agree with you guys. I had been excite, new coach Klingsmann, all these young players...these two games were a poor showing of our future. Good thing Jones and Parkhurst were there, we would have lost both games otherwise. Not that they were spectacular...but better than the rest. Donovan was never a Messi, but at a young age, he really stood out, much more than Brek Shea, forget looking for a Messi, it would be nice to find at least another Donovan.
Rick
Thursday January 26, 2012 12:19 am
Consistency has always been a problem with the team. Sometimes they play top notch and others lousy. They seemed to play very well against Venezuela but after this game it looks like they forgot all they learned. It was hard to watch that game.
ICEMANofALFRED
Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:51 pm
Well these were both 1-0 shut outs for the US, but honestly this has done little or nothing to shift any of these players higher up the depth chart... clearly the team that will suit up for the match against the Italians likely will be an entirely different group of players and judging from what was displayed tonight that's a very good thing indeed... this was just miserable to watch... and after playing a unspectacular but halfway decent game against Venezuela , this match made Cameron far less of a lock for a future central defenders spot... but it's clear that we are going to be forced to replace several of our current starters, especially in defense and really nobody stood out from this group... at least not enough to matter much.
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