U.S. Soccer

U.S. Men's National Team Falls 2-0 to Ukraine in Cyprus

  • Ukraine Tallies One Goal in Each Half to Hand USA its First Loss of 2014
  • U.S. MNT Drops Two-Goal Decision for First Time Since Last Year’s World Cup Qualifier Against Costa Rica on Sept. 6
  • Next up for MNT is USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, at 11 p.m. ET on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) 

LARNACA, Cyprus (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 2-0 decision against Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic each scored a goal to hand the USA its first two-goal loss since falling 3-1 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 6, 2013, at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The U.S. next faces Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Ukraine, the highest-ranked team (No. 18) not competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, challenged the USA defense from the start.

The U.S. fell behind early as Denys Garmash went unmarked when he received the ball in the offensive third. Despite the distance from U.S. defenders John Brooks and Edgar Castillo, Garmash could not finish his first attempt as Tim Howard dove to his left for the initial save. Garmash quickly got the rebound and dished to a wide-open Yarmolenko, whose left-footed tap-in goal gave Ukraine the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

The USA avoided a big scare and potential two-goal deficit, when Sacha Klejstan lost the ball to Yarmolenko in the midfield in the 32nd minute, leading to a breakaway chance for Artem Fedets’kiy. Instead of attacking one-on-one against Howard, Fedets’kiy held on to the ball, waited for additional help, and the U.S. was bailed out by a Ukraine offside call.

The U.S. started the second half with several close scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes. Alejandro Bedoya ripped a shot from the left side of the box, only to have it blocked by Fedets’kiy for a U.S. corner kick in the 49th minute. Two minutes later, Geoff Cameron crossed from the right side and connected with Jozy Altidore, whose header sailed over the crossbar. Then, Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov made an errant pass in the 53rd minute that was intercepted by Bedoya, but when he tried to catch Pyatov off-guard, Bedoya bent the shot wide right.

Despite the USA’s improved attack, Ukraine struck against the run of play in the 68th minute. Second-half sub Devic, two minutes after he entered the match, made a run in between the U.S. defense and cut quickly to his left. Howard stayed low for a clutch save, but similar to the first goal, the USA allowed for a rebound as Devic slotted his second attempt into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Second-half sub Aron Johannsson nearly got one back with a left-footed volley off of Bedoya’s corner kick in the 87th minute, but Oleh Gusiev blocked the crisp shot from the goal line to maintain Ukraine’s two-goal advantage.

Howard made five saves for the USA and Ukraine’s Pyatov had two saves for the clean sheet.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT is still winless against Ukraine, moving to 0-2-1 all-time in the series.
  • The USA is now 28-11-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann is two wins away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list.
  • The U.S. moved to 6-3-1 with Clint Dempsey as the team captain.
  • Dempsey earned his 102nd cap, the most among players on this current U.S. MNT roster. He is now tied with former goalkeeper Kasey Keller for 10th on the all-time list.
  • Tim Howard earned his 97th-career cap and is now five games behind Keller’s goalkeeping record of 102 appearances for the U.S. MNT.
  • Klinsmann’s starting back line featured Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu and Geoff Cameron from left to right.
  • Onyewu made his first appearance and start since he captained the team during its 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. The win qualified for the USA for the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Brooks earned his third-career cap, and he has started in every match he has played in during his young National Team tenure.
  • Midfielders Sacha Klejstan and Jermaine Jones started alongside each other in Klinsmann’s 4-2-3-1 formation. In front of them were Fabian Johnson, Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya, with Jozy Altidore up top.
  • Klinsmann made two substitutions in the 63rd minute, bringing in forward Aron Johannsson for Sacha Klejstan and Brek Shea for Castillo. Johnson dropped down to the left back slot for the final half hour.
  • Danny Williams replaced Jones in the 80th minute and forward Juan Agudelo entered the match for Altidore in the 85th minute.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date:
March 5, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus
Kickoff:
2 p.m. ET
Attendance:
1,573
Weather:
62 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 0 0
UKR                         1 1 2

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups:
USA:
1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85)
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials:
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine 
Date: 
March 5, 2014 
Competition: 
International Friendly 
Venue: 
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus 
Kickoff: 
2 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 
1,573 
Weather: 
62 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F 
USA                         0 0 0 
UKR                         1 1 2

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute 
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85) 
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46) 
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy 
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR 
Shots: 7 / 9 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 2 
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5 
Fouls: 6 / 9 
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary: 
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute 
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials: 
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP) 
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

USA-Panama Tied 1-1 at Half with Dempsey Strike | LIVE on beIN SPORTS, Telemundo, Universo

Coming off a resounding 6-0 victory against Honduras on Friday, the U.S. Men’s National Team resumes the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying seeking to #Get3More points with another crucial clash away to Panama tonight at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Coverage of USA-Panama is on beIN Sports, Telemundo and Universo. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Today’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Panama: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Jorge Villafaña, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Christian Pulisic, 13-Jermaine Jones, 14-Tim Ream, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi

Substitutes: 12-David Bingham, 22-Nick Rimando; 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Paul Arriola, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta

  • Bruce Arena makes three changes to the starting XI that faced Honduras on Friday, inserting Jermaine Jones, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi.
  • After serving a one-game suspension during Friday’s 6-0 win against Panama, Jones earns his 17th World Cup Qualifying appearance and his 69th cap.
  • Ream replaced John Brooks in the 70th minute of Friday’s win and earns his fourth career World Cup Qualifying cap and first start since a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17, 2015.
  • Zusi entered Friday’s match in the 59th minute as a substitute for Geoff Cameron. Two of Zusi’s five international goals have come against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernández, including the game-tying goal in the MNT’s last visit a 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win on Oct. 15, 2013.
  • With his hat trick Friday, Clint Dempsey is once again the MNT’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 17 goals. Sitting on 55 international goals, Dempsey is just two shy of the USA’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan (57).
  • Dempsey (38) is also now just two World Cup Qualifying appearances shy of Donovan (40) for the MNT’s all-time lead.
  • Just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his MNT debut, Christian Pulisic starts for the U.S. in his seventh World Cup Qualifying appearance. The 18-year-old leads the team with four assists in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, while his three goals tie him with Bobby Wood for third on the team’s Road to Russia.
  • Set to captain the side again tonight, Michael Bradley’s sixth career World Cup Qualifying goal on Friday tied him for seventh with DaMarcus Beasley, Brian Ching and Willy Roy.
  • Making four saves to earn his 38th career clean sheet vs. Honduras, Tim Howard makes his 113th international cap and 35th appearance in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Having made his World Cup Qualifying debut against Honduras, Jorge Villafaña gets the start at left back again tonight in his fourth-straight appearance for the MNT.
  • Altidore joins Zusi as the two players in the starting XI that have scored World Cup Qualifying goals against Panama. The MNT forward found the back of the net in a 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Los Canaleros on June 11, 2013 in Seattle.
  • Clint Dempsey has three career international goals vs. Panama, while Michael Bradley has also tallied twice against Los Canaleros.
  • Altidore, Dempsey and Zusi are the only three starters to have previously played a World Cup Qualifier in Panama. Altidore and Zusi appeared in the 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, while Dempsey was a substitute in the MNT’s 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. 
  • The MNT starting XI has a combined 197 appearances and 45 goals all-time in FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an 11-1-4 all-time advantage against Panama and has gone 3-0-1 in Panama City.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-1 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-1 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
  • Bruce Arena managed against Panama five times during his first tenure in charge of the MNT, going 3-0-2.
  • Arena led the MNT to its first win on Panamanian soil, using first-half goals from Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan and a big performance in goal from Kasey Keller to earn a 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. To date, the win is the MNT’s largest margin of victory in a World Cup Qualifier played in Central America.
  • The U.S. also won in its last visit to Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. Trailing 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the MNT rallied with two stoppage-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson to win 3-2, knocking Los Canaleros out of a fourth-place finish which would have sent them into an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

USA-PANAMA NOTES

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an 11-1-4 all-time advantage against Panama and has gone 3-0-1 in Panama City.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-1 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-1 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez
  • Bruce Arena managed against Panama five times during his first tenure in charge of the MNT, going 3-0-2.
  • Arena led the MNT to its first win on Panamanian soil, using first-half goals from Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan and a big performance in goal from Kasey Keller to earn a 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005.
  • The U.S. also won in its last visit to Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. Trailing 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the MNT rallied with two stoppage-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson to win 3-2, knocking Los Canaleros out of a fourth-place finish which would have sent them into an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Set to face Panama once again during this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. has twice defeated the Central American nation in the tournament’s championship game, winning on penalty kicks following win the 2005 crown and earning a 1-0 win to lift the trophy in 2013.
  • Panama’s only win against the United States came via a 2-1 victory during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage on June 11, 2011.

GAME-BY-GAME: USA-PANAMA ALL-TIME WCQ HISTORY
The U.S. has met Panama in six World Cup Qualifiers during two different cycles. A brief rundown of every qualifying match between the two nations:

USA-Panama All-Time World Cup Qualifying Results

Date

U.S. Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Site

Sept. 8, 2004

1-1 D

C. Jones

Panama City, Panama

Oct. 13, 2004

6-0 W

E. Johnson (3), Donovan (2), og

Washington, D.C.

June 8, 2005

3-0 W

Bocanegra, Donovan, McBride

Panama City, Panama

Oct. 12, 2005

2-0 W

Martino, Twellman

Foxborough, Mass.

June 11, 2013

2-0 W

E. Johnson, Altidore

Seattle, Wash.

Oct. 15, 2013

3-2 W

Orozco, Zusi, Johannsson

Panama City, Panama

MATCHDAY 3 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 28                           Time/TV
Honduras vs. Costa Rica                    1-1
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico          0-1
Panama vs. USA                                10 p.m. ET (beIN Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo)

STORYLINES

#GOT3
Entering Friday’s match against Honduras with zero points from its first two Final Round World Cup Qualifiers, the U.S. answered the call to get three points in a resounding way, using a Clint Dempsey hat trick as well as strikes from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic to earn an emphatic 6-0 win. The six-goal win set a record for largest margin of victory in the Final Round since the current qualifying format was set by CONCACAF for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also serves as the MNT’s biggest win against Los Catrachos through 24 all-time meetings.

CLINT DEMPSEY CHASING MILESTONES
After recovering from an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey made a storybook return to the MNT, recording an impressive hat trick to lead the USA past Honduras 6-0. With his three goals, Dempsey re-took the crown as the MNT’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 17. The hat trick also pulled his overall international goal total to 55, putting him just two back of Landon Donovan to also become the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer. After Friday’s match, Dempsey spoke at length about his return and desire to continue helping the team in its quest to qualify for an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup.

STATEMENT WIN FOR THE MNT
Playing its first World Cup Qualifier since November’s 4-0 defeat at Costa Rica as well as the first competitive match under new head coach Bruce Arena, multiple MNT players said that the 6-0 victory was a statement win for the team.

“It’s the first step in terms of getting ourselves back in a good position in the table,” MNT captain Michael Bradley said post-game. “We’ve waited a long time for tonight, especially given the way the two games went in November. I thought across the board, every guy stepped on the field tonight with the right mentality, ready to give everything to make sure we walked off the field with three points.”

#GET3MORE
Winning against Honduras was only part of the equation for the MNT’s March World Cup Qualifying set. The team now travels on the road to Panama, looking to #Get3More points to bring their Final Round total to six heading into June’s matches vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico. After starting camp in last place in the six-team Final Round qualifying group, depending on other results Tuesday, a win could see the MNT climb as high as second by the end of the night.

ROSTER CHANGES ANNOUNCED
Following the win against Honduras, Club Tijuana winger Paul Arriola was added to the MNT roster, while Sebastian Lletget (left foot), John Brooks (illness), Jordan Morris (right foot) and Michael Orozco (right knee) returned to clubs due to injury. With the changes, the U.S. MNT roster stands at 23 players heading into Tuesday’s match.

JERMAINE JONES ELIGIBLE FOR PANAMA
After serving a one-match suspension due to yellow-card accumulation, Jermaine Jones is eligible for selection Tuesday vs. Panama. The 2014 World Cup veteran said this week that he was encouraged by the team’s performance against Honduras and is ready to contribute Tuesday vs. Panama.

EXPERIENCE A PLENTY
The U.S. MNT roster features 18 players with previous World Cup Qualifying experience. A total of 11 players have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (37; second all-time), Jozy Altidore (35; third), Tim Howard (34 each; fourth), DaMarcus Beasley (33; fifth) and Michael Bradley (32; sixth).  

TRIO RETURNS
The U.S. will be boosted by the return of three veteran players from the injury list. After being sidelined due to an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey rejoins the MNT for the first time since last June’s Copa America Centenario. Tim Howard is also back after recovering from an adductor fracture during November’s 2-1 World Cup Qualifying defeat against Mexico. Having recovered from an MCL strain while playing for Stoke City, Geoff Cameron returns to the USA roster for the first time since a 2-0 friendly win at Cuba on Oct. 7, 2016, in Havana. 

MNT - Graham Zusi

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3):
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 34/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 20/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 13/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; 0/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 16/3)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 1/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 1/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 7/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 32/6), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy; 16/0), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; 18/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 4/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 6/3)

FORWARDS (3):
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 35/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 37/17), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0)

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The roster features 18 players who have previous World Cup Qualifying experience and 11 who have represented the USA at a FIFA World Cup.
  • A total of 11 players on the roster have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances, while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (36; second all-time), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (33 each; tied for third all-time), and Michael Bradley (31; tied for sixth all-time). 
  • Defender Jorge Villafaña logged 90 minutes in his World Cup Qualifying debut on Friday against Honduras.
  • After serving a one-game suspension vs. Honduras, midfielder Jermaine Jones is available for selection against Panama.
  • Four players on the roster are carrying yellow cards into the match: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley and Geoff Cameron. Recently departed defender John Brooks also has a yellow card.
  • Eleven players have made previous World Cup Qualifying appearances against Panama: Dempsey (three), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (two each), Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Sacha Kljestan and Graham Zusi (one each).
  • Six players have made away World Cup Qualifying appearances vs. Panama: Dempsey (2), Altidore, Beasley, Bedoya, Kljestan and Zusi.
  • Altidore and Zusi have scored against Panama in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Zusi has twice scored at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, tallying the game-tying goal in the MNT’s 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win vs. Panama on Oct. 15, 2013 and the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 friendly win on Jan. 25, 2012.
  • Altidore tallied to give the MNT a 2-0 win against Panama on June 18, 2013 in Seattle.
  • Dempsey and Bradley each have two career goals against Panama.
  • Five players on the roster are still looking to make their World Cup Qualifying debuts: goalkeepers David Bingham and Nick Rimando, defender Walker Zimmerman, midfielder Dax McCarty and forward Chris Wondolowski.

PANAMA ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Real Cartagena)
DEFENDERS (8): Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders), Felipe Baloy (Tauro), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Zamora), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Fidel Escobar (Sporting Lisbon B), Erick Davis (Dunajska Streda)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Armando Cooper (Toronto FC), Miguel Camargo (NYCFC), Ricardo Avila (Koper), Edgar Barcenas (Tapachula), Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Amilcar Henriquez (Arabe Unido), Josiel Nunez (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario)
FORWARDS (5): Blas Perez (Blooming), Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio), Luis Tejada (Universitario), Tony Taylor (Pacos de Ferreira), Gabriel Torres (Lausanne Sport)

PANAMA NOTES

  • Panama enters Matchday 4 sitting in third place with four points (1-1-1). Los Canaleros opened the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying with a 1-0 win at Honduras on Nov. 11 before playing to a 0-0 draw at home vs. Mexico four days later. On Friday, they fell 1-0 away to Trinidad & Tobago.  
  • Panama is managed by former Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala head coach Hernán Darío Gómez.   
  • The Panama roster features current Seattle Sounders FC captain Román Torres, as well as fellow defenders Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo) and Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls). In midfield, is Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley’s Toronto FC teammate Armando Cooper, San Jose Earthquakes star Aníbal Godoy and New York City FC’s Miguel Camargo.
  • Now based with Dynamo Bucharest in Romania, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo played parts of three seasons under current MNT head coach Bruce Arena with the LA Galaxy, while forward Blas Pérez spent time with FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Former U.S. youth international Tony Taylor also played for New England Revolution and New York City FC.
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Lineup Notes: USA Mixes Up Starting XI in Away Qualifier vs. Panama

USA vs. Panama
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round

March 28, 2017
Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
Live Broadcast: 10 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo
Channel Guide and Away World Cup Qualifying TV FAQ

Today’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Panama: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Jorge Villafaña, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Christian Pulisic, 13-Jermaine Jones, 14-Tim Ream, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi

Substitutes: 12-David Bingham, 22-Nick Rimando; 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Paul Arriola, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta

  • Bruce Arena makes three changes to the starting XI that faced Honduras on Friday, inserting Jermaine Jones, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi.
  • After serving a one-game suspension during Friday’s 6-0 win against Panama, Jones earns his 17th World Cup Qualifying appearance and his 69th cap.
  • Ream replaced John Brooks in the 70th minute of Friday’s win and earns his fourth career World Cup Qualifying cap and first start since a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17, 2015.
  • Zusi entered Friday’s match in the 59th minute as a substitute for Geoff Cameron. Two of Zusi’s five international goals have come against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernández, including the game-tying goal in the MNT’s last visit a 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win on Oct. 15, 2013.
  • With his hat trick Friday, Clint Dempsey is once again the MNT’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 17 goals. Sitting on 55 international goals, Dempsey is just two shy of the USA’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan (57).
  • Dempsey (38) is also now just two World Cup Qualifying appearances shy of Donovan (40) for the MNT’s all-time lead.
  • Just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his MNT debut, Christian Pulisic starts for the U.S. in his seventh World Cup Qualifying appearance. The 18-year-old leads the team with four assists in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, while his three goals tie him with Bobby Wood for third on the team’s Road to Russia.
  • Set to captain the side again tonight, Michael Bradley’s sixth career World Cup Qualifying goal on Friday tied him for seventh with DaMarcus Beasley, Brian Ching and Willy Roy.
  • Making four saves to earn his 38th career clean sheet vs. Honduras, Tim Howard makes his 113th international cap and 35th appearance in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Having made his World Cup Qualifying debut against Honduras, Jorge Villafaña gets the start at left back again tonight in his fourth-straight appearance for the MNT.
  • Altidore joins Zusi as the two players in the starting XI that have scored World Cup Qualifying goals against Panama. The MNT forward found the back of the net in a 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Los Canaleros on June 11, 2013 in Seattle.
  • Clint Dempsey has three career international goals vs. Panama, while Michael Bradley has also tallied twice against Los Canaleros.
  • Altidore, Dempsey and Zusi are the only three starters to have previously played a World Cup Qualifier in Panama. Altidore and Zusi appeared in the 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, while Dempsey was a substitute in the MNT’s 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. 
  • The MNT starting XI has a combined 197 appearances and 45 goals all-time in FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an 11-1-4 all-time advantage against Panama and has gone 3-0-1 in Panama City.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-1 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-1 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
  • Bruce Arena managed against Panama five times during his first tenure in charge of the MNT, going 3-0-2.
  • Arena led the MNT to its first win on Panamanian soil, using first-half goals from Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan and a big performance in goal from Kasey Keller to earn a 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. To date, the win is the MNT’s largest margin of victory in a World Cup Qualifier played in Central America.
  • The U.S. also won in its last visit to Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. Trailing 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the MNT rallied with two stoppage-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson to win 3-2, knocking Los Canaleros out of a fourth-place finish which would have sent them into an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Sebastian Lletget Sidelined Four to Six Months with Lisfranc Injury

Sebastian Lletget had a dream start to Friday’s crucial World Cup Qualifying clash vs. Honduras, tapping home a rebound on Christian Pulisic’s shot to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. 

Moments after the goal, the 24-year-old’s World Cup Qualifying debut went from joy to pain – quite literally – due to a late, hard tackle from Éver Alvarado in the 15th minute.

While the Honduras midfielder was shown a yellow card for the challenge, Lletget was forced out of the match minutes later and is now feeling the long-lasting effects after the LA Galaxy announced Tuesday that the midfielder sustained a Lisfranc injury.

Sebastian Lletget Tackled by Ever Alvarado - March 28 USA vs. Honduras

The U.S. Soccer and LA Galaxy medical teams, headed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Rachel Triche, determined that Lletget will require surgery next week when the swelling comes down.

Lletget will be sidelined for the next 4-6 months.

Get well soon, Sebastian. We’re behind you all the way.

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IN PHOTOS: Inside Panama's Estadio Rommel Fernández

On Monday, 24 hours before their 2018 World Cup Qualifying match against Panama, the U.S. Men’s National Team went through their final preparations inside Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City.

Built in 1970, the stadium was originally named Estadio Revolución but the name was changed in 1993 in honor of Rommel Fernandez, a Panamanian footballer that tragically died in a car accident in Spain in May of that year.

Remodeled in 2009 and now with more than 30,000 seats, the stadium is the largest in Panama and will undoubtedly be packed to the brim on Tuesday night.

Before the chaos, U.S. Soccer asked team photographer John Dorton to provide fans back home in the United States with a unique look at the historic venue.

Check out Dorton’s personal photographic tour.

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MNT Mar 28, 2017

PREVIEW: U.S. MNT Ready for Stern Panama Test

CHICAGO (March 27, 2017) – Coming off a resounding 6-0 victory against Honduras on Friday, the U.S. Men’s National Team resumes the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying seeking to #Get3More points with another crucial clash away to Panama on Tuesday, March 28 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Coverage of USA-Panama begins at 10 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, Telemundo and NBC Universo. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3):
David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 34/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 20/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 13/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; 0/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 16/3)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 1/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 1/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 7/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 32/6), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy; 16/0), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; 18/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 4/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 6/3)

FORWARDS (3):
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 35/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 37/17), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0)


MATCHDAY 3 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 28                           Time/TV
Honduras vs. Costa Rica                    5 p.m. ET
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico          7 p.m. ET (beIN Sports)
Panama vs. USA                                10 p.m. ET (beIN Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo)

STORYLINES

#GOT3
Entering Friday’s match against Honduras with zero points from its first two Final Round World Cup Qualifiers, the U.S. answered the call to get three points in a resounding way, using a Clint Dempsey hat trick as well as strikes from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic to earn an emphatic 6-0 win. The six-goal win set a record for largest margin of victory in the Final Round since the current qualifying format was set by CONCACAF for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also serves as the MNT’s biggest win against Los Catrachos through 24 all-time meetings.

CLINT DEMPSEY CHASING MILESTONES
After recovering from an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey made a storybook return to the MNT, recording an impressive hat trick to lead the USA past Honduras 6-0. With his three goals, Dempsey re-took the crown as the MNT’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 17. The hat trick also pulled his overall international goal total to 55, putting him just two back of Landon Donovan to also become the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer. After Friday’s match, Dempsey spoke at length about his return and desire to continue helping the team in its quest to qualify for an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup.

STATEMENT WIN FOR THE MNT
Playing its first World Cup Qualifier since November’s 4-0 defeat at Costa Rica as well as the first competitive match under new head coach Bruce Arena, multiple MNT players said that the 6-0 victory was a statement win for the team.

“It’s the first step in terms of getting ourselves back in a good position in the table,” MNT captain Michael Bradley said post-game. “We’ve waited a long time for tonight, especially given the way the two games went in November. I thought across the board, every guy stepped on the field tonight with the right mentality, ready to give everything to make sure we walked off the field with three points.”

#GET3MORE
Winning against Honduras was only part of the equation for the MNT’s March World Cup Qualifying set. The team now travels on the road to Panama, looking to #Get3More points to bring their Final Round total to six heading into June’s matches vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico. After starting camp in last place in the six-team Final Round qualifying group, depending on other results Tuesday, a win could see the MNT climb as high as second by the end of the night.

ROSTER CHANGES ANNOUNCED
Following the win against Honduras, Club Tijuana winger Paul Arriola was added to the MNT roster, while Sebastian Lletget (left foot), John Brooks (illness), Jordan Morris (right foot) and Michael Orozco (right knee) returned to clubs due to injury. With the changes, the U.S. MNT roster stands at 23 players heading into Tuesday’s match.

JERMAINE JONES ELIGIBLE FOR PANAMA
After serving a one-match suspension due to yellow-card accumulation, Jermaine Jones is eligible for selection Tuesday vs. Panama. The 2014 World Cup veteran said this week that he was encouraged by the team’s performance against Honduras and is ready to contribute Tuesday vs. Panama.

GAME-BY-GAME: USA-PANAMA ALL-TIME WCQ HISTORY
The U.S. has met Panama in six World Cup Qualifiers during two different cycles. A brief rundown of every qualifying match between the two nations:

USA-Panama All-Time World Cup Qualifying Results

Date

U.S. Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Site

Sept. 8, 2004

1-1 D

C. Jones

Panama City, Panama

Oct. 13, 2004

6-0 W

E. Johnson (3), Donovan (2), og

Washington, D.C.

June 8, 2005

3-0 W

Bocanegra, Donovan, McBride

Panama City, Panama

Oct. 12, 2005

2-0 W

Martino, Twellman

Foxborough, Mass.

June 11, 2013

2-0 W

E. Johnson, Altidore

Seattle, Wash.

Oct. 15, 2013

3-2 W

Orozco, Zusi, Johannsson

Panama City, Panama

EXPERIENCE A PLENTY
The U.S. MNT roster features 18 players with previous World Cup Qualifying experience. A total of 11 players have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (37; second all-time), Jozy Altidore (35; third), Tim Howard (34 each; fourth), DaMarcus Beasley (33; fifth) and Michael Bradley (32; sixth).  

TRIO RETURNS
The U.S. will be boosted by the return of three veteran players from the injury list. After being sidelined due to an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey rejoins the MNT for the first time since last June’s Copa America Centenario. Tim Howard is also back after recovering from an adductor fracture during November’s 2-1 World Cup Qualifying defeat against Mexico. Having recovered from an MCL strain while playing for Stoke City, Geoff Cameron returns to the USA roster for the first time since a 2-0 friendly win at Cuba on Oct. 7, 2016, in Havana. 

MNT - Graham Zusi

USA-PANAMA NOTES

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an 11-1-4 all-time advantage against Panama and has gone 3-0-1 in Panama City.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-1 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-1 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez
  • Bruce Arena managed against Panama five times during his first tenure in charge of the MNT, going 3-0-2.
  • Arena led the MNT to its first win on Panamanian soil, using first-half goals from Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan and a big performance in goal from Kasey Keller to earn a 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005.
  • The U.S. also won in its last visit to Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. Trailing 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the MNT rallied with two stoppage-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson to win 3-2, knocking Los Canaleros out of a fourth-place finish which would have sent them into an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Set to face Panama once again during this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. has twice defeated the Central American nation in the tournament’s championship game, winning on penalty kicks following win the 2005 crown and earning a 1-0 win to lift the trophy in 2013.
  • Panama’s only win against the United States came via a 2-1 victory during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage on June 11, 2011.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The roster features 18 players who have previous World Cup Qualifying experience and 11 who have represented the USA at a FIFA World Cup.
  • A total of 11 players on the roster have 10 or more World Cup Qualifying appearances, while five of those have played in more than 30 previous qualifiers and sit in the top six of the MNT’s all-time qualifying caps list behind only Landon Donovan (40): Clint Dempsey (36; second all-time), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (33 each; tied for third all-time), and Michael Bradley (31; tied for sixth all-time). 
  • Defender Jorge Villafaña logged 90 minutes in his World Cup Qualifying debut on Friday against Honduras.
  • After serving a one-game suspension vs. Honduras, midfielder Jermaine Jones is available for selection against Panama.
  • Four players on the roster are carrying yellow cards into the match: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley and Geoff Cameron. Recently departed defender John Brooks also has a yellow card.
  • Eleven players have made previous World Cup Qualifying appearances against Panama: Dempsey (three), Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard (two each), Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Sacha Kljestan and Graham Zusi (one each).
  • Six players have made away World Cup Qualifying appearances vs. Panama: Dempsey (2), Altidore, Beasley, Bedoya, Kljestan and Zusi.
  • Altidore and Zusi have scored against Panama in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Zusi has twice scored at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, tallying the game-tying goal in the MNT’s 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win vs. Panama on Oct. 15, 2013 and the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 friendly win on Jan. 25, 2012.
  • Altidore tallied to give the MNT a 2-0 win against Panama on June 18, 2013 in Seattle.
  • Dempsey and Bradley each have two career goals against Panama.
  • Five players on the roster are still looking to make their World Cup Qualifying debuts: goalkeepers David Bingham and Nick Rimando, defender Walker Zimmerman, midfielder Dax McCarty and forward Chris Wondolowski.

PANAMA ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Real Cartagena)
DEFENDERS (8): Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders), Felipe Baloy (Tauro), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Zamora), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Fidel Escobar (Sporting Lisbon B), Erick Davis (Dunajska Streda)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Armando Cooper (Toronto FC), Miguel Camargo (NYCFC), Ricardo Avila (Koper), Edgar Barcenas (Tapachula), Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Amilcar Henriquez (Arabe Unido), Josiel Nunez (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario)
FORWARDS (5): Blas Perez (Blooming), Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio), Luis Tejada (Universitario), Tony Taylor (Pacos de Ferreira), Gabriel Torres (Lausanne Sport)

PANAMA NOTES

  • Panama enters Matchday 4 sitting in third place with four points (1-1-1). Los Canaleros opened the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying with a 1-0 win at Honduras on Nov. 11 before playing to a 0-0 draw at home vs. Mexico four days later. On Friday, they fell 1-0 away to Trinidad & Tobago.  
  • Panama is managed by former Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala head coach Hernán Darío Gómez.   
  • The Panama roster features current Seattle Sounders FC captain Román Torres, as well as fellow defenders Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo) and Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls). In midfield, is Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley’s Toronto FC teammate Armando Cooper, San Jose Earthquakes star Aníbal Godoy and New York City FC’s Miguel Camargo.
  • Now based with Dynamo Bucharest in Romania, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo played parts of three seasons under current MNT head coach Bruce Arena with the LA Galaxy, while forward Blas Pérez spent time with FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Former U.S. youth international Tony Taylor also played for New England Revolution and New York City FC.
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