U.S. Soccer

Jozy Altidore Scores Twice as U.S. MNT Defeats Nigeria 2-1 in Final Match of Send-Off Series

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (June 7, 2014) – Forward Jozy Altidore scored his first two goals of 2014 as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Nigeria 2-1 in front of a Florida-record crowd of 52,033 at EverBank Field.

With the start, goalkeeper Tim Howard became the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach 100 caps while also picking up the victory to break Kasey Keller’s all-time goalkeeper wins record for the United States.

The U.S. went 3-0-0 during the Send-Off Series and now sets its sights on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA will depart for South America on June 8 to begin final preparations for its Group G opener against Ghana on June 16 at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson), 31st minute: A fantastic series of passes down the right side set up Jozy Altidore to break the deadlock. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya dribbled down the right wing and spied Fabian Johnson making a darting run into the penalty area. He cut a short pass to the overlapping right back who slide a cross on the ground into the six-yard box where Altidore was unmarked for the tap-in. For Altidore, it is his first goal of 2014. USA 1, NGA 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 68th minute: Michael Bradley played a beautiful ball from midfield to Jozy Altidore in the left side of the penalty area. Altidore settled, cut inside to evade Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo and then fired the ball past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama inside the near left post. His second tally of the match was his 23rd  international goal. USA 2, NGA 0 (SEE GOAL)

NGA – Victor Moses (penalty), 86th minute: With the game wide open in waning minute minutes and both teams attacking with fervor, Nigeria’s Victor Moses drew a penalty against U.S. defender Matt Besler and took the subsequent penalty kick. Moses took a slow approach on the kick before placing his right-footed shot into the lower left corner as U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard went the opposite direction. USA 2, NGA 1 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
NGA – Godfrey Oboabona, 20th minute: The U.S. spent the first 20 minutes trying to get a hold of the game, but did have some good moments on the counter attack, and one potential chance came when Clint Dempsey stole the ball at midfield and fed to DaMarcus Beasley on the left. Beasley crossed into the box, but Nigeria defender Godfrey Oboabona broke up the USA’s opportunity to keep the score level at 0-0.

NGA – Vincent Enyeama, 23rd minute: Quick touches from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey in the midfield paved the way for Michael Bradley on the right side. After a couple touches, Bradley shot with his right from just outside the box and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made a diving save to his right, parrying the ball away for a U.S. corner kick.

USA – Tim Howard, 44th minute: Nigeria held the ball in its half for nearly the final five minutes of the first half. The closest chance came off of a corner kick from the left side as Eric Efe Ambrose rose for the header in between Geoff Cameron and Clint Dempsey. His low shot was driven toward Tim Howard’s feet and the U.S. goalkeeper was quick to smother just in front of the end line.

USA – Tim Howard, 83rd minute: Nigeria second-half sub Emmanuel Emenike turned and shot with his right foot just about the penalty area with eyes on the left side of the net. Tim Howard dove to his right for the stop.

Milestone Watch:

  • Correction: Tim Howard broke Kasey Keller’s wins record on Saturday against Nigeria. Howard was incorrectly named the winner of the USA’s 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1. Though he left at halftime with the lead, second-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan was awarded the win as he was in the net while Clint Dempsey scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
  • With Saturday’s win, Howard is 54-28-15 all-time, moving just ahead of Keller who finished his brilliant career with a record of 53-27-18. Brad Guzan is now 11-7-3 all-time following the victory against Turkey.
  • Howard is the 15th player and third goalkeeper in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark. Howard is now tied for 13th all-time with 100 caps with Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore.
  • With his 22nd and 23rd goals, Jozy Altidore moves into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time goal scoring list, moving ahead of Bruce Murray who had 21 goals from 1985-93.
  • Clint Dempsey played in his 105th game and is now in 10th place, one appearance behind Eric Wynalda (106 caps from 1990-2000) on the all-time list.
  • Michael Bradley now has 10 assists in his career, tying for 12th all-time with Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, Brian McBride and Earnie Stewart.
  • Bradley earned his 86th cap, moving ahead of Frankie Hejduk and Bruce Murray for 20th all-time. Bradley is also one game behind 19th-place Cherundolo (87 games from 1999-2012).

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT now heads to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, June 16, at Estadio das Dunas at Natal.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 2-0-0 in the all-time series against Nigeria.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 4-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 17-16-9 all-time in games based in Florida and 4-0-1 in Jacksonville.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started a defensive that featured Tim Howard in goal and a back line featuring left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler.
  • Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman and Alejandro Bedoya played side-by-side in the 4-3-2-1 formation, with Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey in front of them.
  • Striker Jozy Altidore played up top in the formation.
  • The U.S. is now 8-3-2 with Dempsey as the captain.
  • For the only time in the Send-Off Series, Klinsmann made no changes to start the second half. The USA’s first sub came in the 60th minute, when Graham Zusi entered for Bedoya.
  • With a 2-0 lead in place, Klinsmann went back to his bench in the 72nd minute with Mix Diskerud replacing Beckerman.
  • In the 75th minute, Timmy Chandler replaced Beasley at left back and in the 80th minute, Omar Gonzalez entered for Altidore.
  • Chris Wondolowski was brought in for Dempsey in the 87th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: June 7, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 52,033
Weather: 83 degrees, overcast

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)    31st minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)   68
NGA – Victor Moses (penalty kick)        86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 75); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 60), 15-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (18-Chris Wondolowski, 87), 17-Jozy Altidore (3-Omar Gonzalez, 80)
Subs Not Used: 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 6-John Brooks, 9-Aron Johannsson, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NGA: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 2-Joseph Yobo (capt.), 5-Eric Efe Ambrose, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa, 14-Godfrey Oboabona; 10-John Obi Mikel (4-Ruben Gabriel, 46), 15-Ramon Azeez (25-Michael Uchebo, 74), 17- Ogenyi Onazi; 8-Peter Osaze Odemwingie (18-Michael Babatunde, 46), 11-Victor Moses, 23-Shola Ameobi (9-Emmanuel Emenike, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Elderson Echiejile, 6-Azubuike Emmanuel Egweukwe, 7-Musa Ahmed, 12-Kunle Odunlami, 16-Austine Ejide, 19-Uche Nwofor, 21-Agbim Chigozie, 22-Kenneth Omeruo
Head Coach: Stephen Keshi

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 10
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Mariner (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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MNT Jun 7, 2014

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: June 7, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Florida
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 52,033
Weather: 83 degrees, overcast

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

           

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)           31st minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)           68
NGA – Victor Moses (penalty kick)                 86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 5-Matt Besler, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 75); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 60), 15-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (18-Chris Wondolowski, 87), 17-Jozy  Altidore (3-Omar Gonzalez, 80)
Subs Not Used: 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 6-John Brooks, 9-Aron Johannsson, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NGA: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 2-Joseph Yobo (capt.), 5-Eric Efe Ambrose, 13-Juwon Oshaniwa, 14-Godfrey Oboabona; 10-John Obi Mikel (4-Ruben Gabriel, 46), 15-Ramon Azeez (25-Michael Uchebo, 74), 17- Ogenyi Onazi; 8-Peter Osaze Odemwingie (18-Michael Babatunde, 46), 11-Victor Moses, 23-Shola Ameobi (9-Emmanuel Emenike, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Elderson Echiejile, 6-Azubuike Emmanuel Egweukwe, 7-Musa Ahmed, 12-Kunle Odunlami, 16-Austine Ejide, 19-Uche Nwofor, 21-Agbim Chigozie, 22-Kenneth Omeruo
Head Coach: Stephen Keshi

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 10
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)      
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Mariner (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Horan Ruled Out of April Matches; Howell Earns Call-Up

CHICAGO (March 29, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Lindsey Horan has been ruled out of the upcoming training camp and matches against Russia due to a hip flexor strain.

In her place, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has given a first call-up to 17-year-old midfielder Jaelin Howell. The 5-foot-8 Howell was a starter in the center midfield for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan last fall. Horan will remain with her club Portland Thorns FC and continue her rehabilitation.

Howell, who hails from Windsor, Colorado and plays for the same club (U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy member Real Colorado) as 18-year-old U.S. midfielder Mallory Pugh, is currently with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in Portland, Oregon. She will miss the USA’s third match of the Thorns Spring Invitational on April 1 against the Chicago Red Stars to join the U.S. team in Texas tomorrow.

Howell started and played 72 minutes for the U.S. U-23s against the Houston Dash on Sunday, March 26 in Portland and will be available to play against the Thorns tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT.  The match will be streamed online at http://www.timbers.com/thornsfc.

The WNT also lost midfielder Morgan Brian from the training camp roster due to injury.

The USA will face Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1 with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.). It will then travel to Houston for the second leg of the two-game set against Russia on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium (1 p.m. CT on ESPN).

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WNT Mar 29, 2017

Estados Unidos Consigue Un Punto de Visitante al Empatar 1-1 en Panamá

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, Panamá (28 de marzo, 2017) – Estados Unidos rescató un importante empate de 1-1 con Panamá en su visita al Estadio Rommel Fernández en la cuarta fecha del Hexagonal Final y continúa sumando puntos para buscar el ansiado boleto mundialista.

Tras los resultados de los otros duelos de la fecha, era esencial para los dirigidos por Bruce Arena sacar puntos del país centroamericano para poder conservar el cuarto lugar del Hexagonal y mantenerse a tan solo un punto de distancia de los panameños pensando en arrebatarles en posteriores jornadas el tercer puesto que otorga una plaza directa a Rusia 2018.

El invicto de la nueva era de Arena se mantuvo de la mano del entendimiento en ofensiva entre el veterano Clint Dempsey y la nueva joya del fútbol estadounidense Christian Pulisic. Al igual que contra Honduras la semana pasada, Dempsey y Pulisic mostraron ser capaces de generar jugadas claras de gol con combinaciones entre ellos.

Nuevamente de una genialidad de Pulisic, en la que el adolescente del Borussia Dortmund sacó a relucir su calidad técnica pero también su enjundia y picardía para forcejear con los fuertes centrales canaleros, es que llegó el gol de las barras y las estrellas. Pulisic le dejó en bandeja de plata el gol a Dempsey quien no desaprovechó el regalito. 

Más de la primera media hora de partido fue bastante cerrada, ninguno de los dos lograba ni agobiar ni producir jugadas de gol importantes, amén de un par de excepciones. Pero hacia el final de los primeros 45 minutos, súbditamente se abrió el partido y llegaron los únicos goles del encuentro.

El gol de Dempsey, que lo coloca a tan solo uno de Landon Donovan como el máximo goleador histórico del Team USA, sin duda le dio un giro al partido. Desafortunadamente para el cuadro norteamericano, Panamá no tardó en reaccionar, y no perdonó los descuidos defensivos en la zaga estadounidense, lo que produjo el gol de Gabriel Gómez.

Los primeros minutos de la parte complementaria fueron de ida y vuelta, ya que el mediocampo desapareció para ambos equipos, pero el ritmo fue insostenible. A partir de ahí, Panamá fue el que intentó insistir más en ataque, pero más con empuje que con variantes ofensivas.

Estados Unidos supo maniatar los embates de los canaleros, neutralizarlos por largos lapsos, mantuvo la calma en los momentos de presión y cuando Panamá logró llegar con peligro, Tim Howard estuvo seguro en el fondo para detener los disparos de los locales.  

La selección de Estados Unidos llegó a 4 puntos en el Hexagonal y por el momento tendría medio boleto a la Copa del Mundo. Pero lo más relevante de los dos partidos de la Fecha FIFA de marzo para las barras y las estrellas es que abandonaron el sótano de la tabla, escalaron lugares, y el espíritu futbolístico parece estar en estado óptimo para continuar progresando en las fechas por venir. 

Próximamente: Estados Unidos continuará su actividad en el Hexagonal Final por las eliminatorias mundialistas rumbo a Rusia 2018 en la Fecha FIFA del mes de junio. El próximo jueves 8 de junio recibiendo a Trinidad & Tobago y el domingo 11 de junio visitando a México.

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Clint Dempsey, minuto 39: Christian Pulisic fue a presionar al central Felipe Baloy al área panameña, le robó el balón y posteriormente se quitó de encima al otro defensor central de Panamá, Román Torres. Pulisic le dejó el balón a Dempsey en los linderos del área chica y con un remate de primera intención el goleador estadounidense mandó su disparo cruzado al fondo del arco canalero.

PAN – Gabriel Gómez, minuto 43: Adolfo Machado envió un centro al corazón del área con un largo saque de banda. El balón le rebotó al defensor Tim Ream en el pecho y el balón dividido le quedó a Gabriel Gómez, quien no la pensó dos veces y fusiló a Tim Howard que venía haciendo el achique. 

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

PAN – Gabriel Torres, minuto 12: Rechace defensivo a las afueras del área grande tras un centro al área, Armando Cooper le baja el balón a Gabriel Torres, y el dorsal 9 de Panamá saca un disparo que se va desviado por un costado.

USA – Christian Pulisic, minuto 29: Combinación entre Dempsey y Pulisic, en la cual el delantero de Seattle Sounders cuchareó un balón al pique de la joya del Borussia Dortmund que entraba solo por el costado izquierdo del área. Pulisic controló y le pegó pero el defensor canalero Luis Ovalle se barrió justo tiempo para tapar el disparo y enviarlo a tiro de esquina.

PAN – Alberto Quintero, minuto 33: Balón largo de Gabriel Gómez casi a línea de fondo por fuera del costado izquierdo del área estadounidense. Quintero bajo el balón, quitándose de encima a Graham Zusi, se metió al área, recortó a Jermaine Jones y metió un cañonazo a la ubicación de Tim Howard quien aguantó a pie firme para rechazar el disparo.

PAN – Luis Tejada, minuto 59: Román Torres bajó de cabeza un balón largo en el área estadounidense entre dos defensores, para la llegada de Tejada quien de media vuelta y de primera intención metió un remate el cual atajó Tim Howard con su humanidad al haber achicado el ángulo de disparo a la perfección.

PAN – Gabriel Torres, minuto 79: Torres se metió a velocidad por el costado derecho del área estadounidense entre Jorge Villafaña y Tim Ream, pero llegó muy forzado para sacar un disparo desviado y elevado.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de EE.UU. vs. Panamá
Fecha: 28 de marzo, 2017 
Competencia: Eliminatoria - Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018
Sede: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Hora: 9 p.m. CT
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: 80 grados; mayormente despejado 

Resumen de anotaciones:   1          2          F
USA                                         1          0          1
PAN                                         1          0          1

USA - Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic)       minuto 39
PAN - Gabriel Gómez                                   43 

Alineaciones:
USA:
1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (23-Kellyn Acosta, 75), 15-Darlington Nagbe (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 69); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Paul Arriola, 82)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-David Bingham, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 22-Nick Rimando
Director Técnico: Bruce Arena

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 13-Adolfo Machado; 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 5-Roman Torres, 17-Luis Ovalle; 6-Gabriel Gomez (21-Amilcar Henriquez, 80), 20-Anibal Godoy, 11-Armando Cooper, 19-Alberto Quintero (8-Edgar Yoel Barcenas, 75); 9-Gabriel Torres (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 83), 18-Luis Tejeda
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Jose Calderon, 2-Michael Amir Murillo, 3-Jan Carlos Vargas, 4-Roderick Miller, 14-Miguel Camargo, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Josiel Nunez, 10-Alejandro Taylor
Director Técnico: Hernán Darío Gómez

Resumen estadístico: USA / PAN
Tiros: 7 / 19
Tiros al arco: 3 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 4
Faltas: 10 / 14
Fueras de lugar: 0 / 2

Resumen de penalidades:
Ninguna

Árbitros:
Árbitro: César Ramos (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX)
Cuarto Oficial: Erick Miranda (MEX)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Por determinarse

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Mar 28, 2017

USA Secures Hard-Fought Away Point in 1-1 Draw Against Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama (March 28, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team went on the road to the hostile confines of Estadio Rommel Fernandez and earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against host Panama thanks to Clint Dempsey’s MNT-best 18th career World Cup Qualifying goal.

Now sitting fourth in the Hex standings, the away point gives the U.S. four total after four of 10 Hexagonal matchdays and sees the team securely in the race for CONCACAF’s three automatic berths to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

An evenly played first half saw the U.S. strike first when Christian Pulisic put in the hard work to run down a Jermaine Jones long ball, strip one Panama centerback before evading the other to set up Dempsey for his 56th career goal and fourth in two games, having secured a hat trick against Honduras four days earlier thanks to a pair of Pulisic assists and one spectacular free kick. The goal puts Dempsey one short of Landon Donovan for the all-time MNT goal scoring record.

Panama retaliated with a scrappy goal from Gabriel Gomez just minutes before the half-time whistle and while both sides hunted for a winner in the second half, strong defensive plays from Tim Howard, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez helped the U.S. see the game out and earn an important point on the road.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will continue its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer when the USA will host Trinidad & Tobago on June 8 and head to Mexico on June 11. Match venues, kickoff times and television information will available in the coming weeks.
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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - CONCACAF Final Round Standings

 TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

4

3

0

1

10

5

1

4

Costa Rica

4

2

1

1

7

7

3

4

Panama

4

1

1

2

5

2

2

0

United States

4

1

2

1

4

8

7

1

Honduras

4

1

2

1

4

4

9

-5

Trinidad & Tobago

4

1

3

0

3

2

6

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic), 39th minute:
A long-ball was played into the right side of the Panama penalty area where Christian Pulisic picked the pocket of Los Canaleros captain Felipe Baloy before maneuvering past Ramon Torres to feed Clint Dempsey for a sliding finish into the lower left corner for an initial U.S. lead. USA 1, PAN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Gabriel Gomez, 43rd minute: A long throw-in deep into the heart of the U.S. area fell free in the left side of the six-yard box after a host of players attempted to get a head to the ball. Gabriel Gomez was first to the loose ball and snapped a right-footed shot inside the near right post just as numerous U.S. players closed in. USA 1, PAN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Tim Howard, 33rd minute:  A long ball over the top of the U.S. defense into the left corner took a kind bounce for Quintero who was able to evade a defender in order to get a clean look at goal from near the top left corner of the six-yard box. However, Tim Howard stepped out to close down the angle and made a strong save to deflect Quintero’s point blank shot away from danger and keep the score knotted at 0-0.

PAN – Felipe Baloy, 51st minute: Getting across the face of goal, Balloy made up for losing the ball on the USA’s opening goal by making a flying block on a well-struck Pulisic volley that was targeted for goal as the scored remained 1-1.

USA – Tim Ream, 57th minute: A breakaway for Gabriel Torres was initially run down by Omar Gonzalez who forced the Panama attacker to put on the brakes in the right side of the U.S. box. With the ball rolling toward the penalty spot and Torres lining up an uncontested shot on Howard’s goal, Ream streaked in with a sliding tackle to deny the opportunity and keep the teams level at one goal apiece.

USA – Tim Howard, 59th minute:  An offensive foray by Panama culminated in a switch of play from left to right where the ball was headed into the right side of the U.S. box by Ramon Torres. It landed at the feet of Luis Tejada, whose shot caught up underneath a charging Tim Howard, keeping the game tied at 1-1.

NOTES:

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team continued its unbeaten run in Panama City where it is now 3-0-2 while holding an 11-1-5 all-time advantage against Panama.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-2 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-2 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
  • Clint Dempsey recorded his 18h all-time World Cup Qualifying goal, furthering his lead as the MNT’s all-time leader in Qualifying goals scored.
  • The goal also pushed Dempsey’s overall goal total to 56, placing him just one behind Landon Donovan (57) for the USA’s all-time lead.
  • Dempsey now has four career international goals vs. Panama, and with 38 caps 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 started for the U.S. in his seventh World Cup Qualifying appearance. The 18-year-old leads the team with five 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.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to the starting XI that faced Honduras on Friday, inserting Jermaine Jones, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi.
  • The MNT starting XI had a combined 197 appearances and 45 goals all-time in FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • 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. 
  • After serving a one-game suspension during Friday’s 6-0 win against Panama, Jones earned his 17th World Cup Qualifying appearance and 69th cap.
  • Ream earned his fourth career World Cup Qualifying cap and first start since a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17, 2015.
  • Having made his World Cup Qualifying debut against Honduras, Jorge Villafaña started at left back again tonight in his fourth-straight appearance for the MNT.
  • The U.S. used all three of its subs vs. Panama with Alejandro Bedoya coming on for Darlington Nagbe in the 69th minute, Kellyn Acosta replacing Jermaine Jones in the 75th and Paul Arriola entering in place of Jozy Altidore in the 82nd. 
  • 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.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: March 28, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Qualifier
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Attendance: TBC
Weather: 80 degrees; Mostly Clear

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

USA – Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic)        39th minute
PAN – Gabriel Gomez                                    43

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (23-Kellyn Acosta, 75), 15-Darlington Nagbe (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 69); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Paul Arriola, 82)
Subs not used: 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-David Bingham, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Bruce Arena

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 13-Adolfo Machado; 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 5-Roman Torres, 17-Luis Ovalle; 6-Gabriel Gomez (21-Amilcar Henriquez, 80), 20-Anibal Godoy, 11-Armando Cooper, 19-Alberto Quintero (8-Edgar Yoel Barcenas, 75); 9-Gabriel Torres (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 83), 18-Luis Tejeda
Subs not used: 12-Jose Calderon, 2-Michael Amir Murillo, 3-Jan Carlos Vargas, 4-Roderick Miller, 14-Miguel Camargo, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Josiel Nunez, 10-Alejandro Taylor
Head coach: Hernán Darío Gómez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 7 / 19
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Erick Miranda (MEX)                                                             

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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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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MNT Mar 28, 2017

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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