- June 11, 2011: USA vs. Panama
Castrol Performance Recap
During a difficult and disappointing loss to Panama that included giving up two first-half goals, the U.S. team kept their composure and ramped up the pressure in the second half in an attempt to play through a composed Panamanian defense. While they weren’t able to recover from the deficit, the United States displayed a more threatening and skilled attack in the final 45 minutes.
Despite the Panamanians defensive approach in an attempt to protect their two-goal lead, the U.S. was able to create numerous chances through deliberate attacks. Of their 19 shots in the game, a total of 11 were taken in the second half. Crossing attempts more than doubled from the first half, the U.S. team trying 11 in the final 45 minutes, including the pass from Landon Donovan that led to the USA’s goal by Clarence Goodson.
Composed passing from the U.S. team was present throughout the game, even after going down 2-0 and having to push for goals. The team completed 87 percent of its passes through 90 minutes, and had seven players with a completion percentage of 90% or higher. Carlos Bocanegra led the team by connecting on 55 passes, while Michael Bradley was the focal point of distribution, receiving a team-high 48 passes.
If the U.S. team is going to advance deep into the tournament, the ability to break down teams with passing efficiency will a critical component to its success.