U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Tallies Three Second-Half Goals in 4-1 Rout of Switzerland

CARY, North Carolina (Aug. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and earned a 4-1 victory against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

A well-rounded scoring effort featured goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach. Lloyd’s 56th-minute penalty kick served as the game-winner, and Wambach’s second-half PK pushed her USA-record goal scoring total to 168.

This was the first meeting between the two countries at the senior team level. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the USA will prepare for FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October in the United States.

Wednesday marked the first opportunity for goalkeeper Hope Solo to set a new shutout record (currently tied with Briana Scurry with 71 clean sheets), but a Switzerland penalty kick from Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put that milestone on hold.

The U.S. goal total could have been far greater if not for Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann. She made seven first-half saves as the USA pelted the Swiss goal with eight shots – all of them on frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux), 3rd minute: From midfield, Rapinoe started the U.S. attack and dished to Leroux on the left side. Leroux cut to her right and played the ball back to Rapinoe about 10 yards above the box. Rapinoe fired with her left from about 22 yards out. It took a slight deflection off Switzerland’s Rahel Kiwic and squeaked inside the right side of the frame for the early lead. USA 1, SUI 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 56th minute: Megan Rapinoe’s cross from the left side of the box hit the hand of Switzerland’s Fabienne Humm and the USA was awarded the penalty kick. Lloyd was called in for the occasion and stepped up confidently with a low right-footed shot into the left of the frame for the two-goal cushion. Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann had anticipated the shot going the other direction. USA 2, SUI 0

SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty), 70th minute: In a similar fashion leading to the USA’s penalty kick, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann crossed from the left side and the ball struck U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s arm. Referee Katja Koroleva pointed to the spot, and Crnogorcevic took the PK. USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, attempting to break the U.S. WNT shutout record, leaned to her right and Crnogorcevic shot in the other direction to cut the USA’s lead to one. USA 2, SUI 1

USA – Christen Press (unassisted), 77th minute: Following a Christie Rampone free kick into the box, the ball fumbled around and Switzerland’s defense weakly cleared. From 25 yards out, Press chest-trapped the short clearance and fired a right-footed shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the end line as goalkeeper Thalmann could only watch. USA 3, SUI 1

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty), 87th minute: On a Carli Lloyd cross from the right, Wambach drew a foul against Switzerland second-half sub Nicole Remund, who shoved the USA striker and earned the PK. Wambach took the penalty herself, a right-footed shot that clipped off of Thalmann’s gloves and into the net for her fifth goal this year and 168th of her storied career. USA 4, SUI 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 20th minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo delivered a deep ball toward a darting Christen Press as she had a step on Switzerland’s back line. Thalmann instinctively rushed off her line and outside the box and headed the ball away before Press could converge.

SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 39th and 40th minutes: The busy Switzerland goalkeeper made back-to-back diving stops against the USA’s lethal attack. First, it was an Alex Morgan left-footed shot from the left side of the box that was headed toward the inside of the far right post, but Thalmann dove to her left for the save. Then, Lauren Holiday took a crack from just outside the top of the box, and again Thalmann made a diving save at the near right post.

SUI – Stenia Michel, 46th minute: In the first 12 seconds of the second half, the U.S. nearly took advantage of an errant pass in Switzerland’s half. Carli Lloyd fired from outside the box and Michel, who had just entered the game, made a swatting right-handed save on a shot that was bound for the upper right corner.

Milestone Watch:

  • Defender and team captain Christie Rampone made her 295th appearance as she nears the 300-cap milestone. Rampone is second all-time in WNT history to Kristine Lilly in games played. Lilly had 352 caps from 1987-2010.
  • Carli Lloyd moved past Briana Scurry for 13th in career appearances with 174.
  • Hope Solo tied Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in career caps with 153.
  • Lloyd now has 51 goals for her career as she is ninth on the all-time goal scoring list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will host two matches against Mexico, first on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT), followed by a Sept. 18 match at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).
Broadcast information: Sept. 13 – TBD; Sept. 18 – ESPN2, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 8-2-3 this year.
  • Hope Solo moved to 118-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • Christen Press now has 13 goals in 25 international appearances.
  • The USA improved to 108-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • Wambach has now scored at least five goals in a calendar year 11 times in her 14 years with the WNT.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a defensive corps led by Solo in goal, Crystal Dunn at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and team captain Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 featured Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The USA’s starting forward trio included Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Press.
  • The U.S. rolled out three substitutions to open the second half. Wambach entered for Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Krieger and Julie Johnston got the call for Sauerbrunn.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Morgan in the 66th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe in the 78th minute, and Allie Long replaced Holiday in the 85th minute.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn have played in all 13 games this year.
  • Krieger and Lloyd lead the USA with 12 starts apiece in 2014.
  • Ellis is now 8-0-3 as the U.S. WNT head coach.
  • Ten players on the U.S roster that trained this week in North Carolina return to National Women’s Soccer League play for the semifinal stage of the league’s second season. FC Kansas City hosts Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and Seattle Reign FC takes on the Washington Spirit on Aug. 24 (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 3 4
SUI                          0 1 1

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 3 4
SUI                          0 1 1

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute 
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56 
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute 
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1 
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58 
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Portland Thorns 2-1 at Thorns Spring Invitational

PORTLAND, Oregon (March 29, 2017) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in its second of three games at the Thorns Spring Invitational.

Forward Sophia Smith scored the game-winner on the stroke of 90 minutes, taking advantage of a bad giveaway by Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who scuffed a pass right to the U.S. forward, giving her a one-on-one chance with time to pick a corner. Smith powered the ball off the underside of Franch’s right arm and into the next from just seven yards away.

Smith has scored 10 goals for the USA at three age levels over a span of six weeks. Read more about her incredible February and March here: Sophia Soars

The Thorns took the lead in just the eighth minute when Ashley Herndon whipped a perfect far post cross from the right side right to Mallory Webber who got behind her defender and snapped a header on goal from six-yards out that bounced inside the near post.

The USA had two excellent chances at the end of the 18th minute as Thorns defender Emily Sonnett had to clear a hard Brianna Pinto shot out of the goal mouth, and Savannah McCaskill’s close range shot off the rebound was deflected for a corner kick. On the ensuing service from Pinto, the ball was pushed off the crossbar by Franch and it fell to center back Kaleigh Riehl at the far post, but her header was spectacularly saved by the leaping Franch from point-blank range.

In the 22nd minute, Smith skied a quality chance over the goal after Mallory Eubanks had gotten behind her defender on the right and crossed back into the middle. Smith got into dangerous positions several times in the second half, but could not find space for a shot on goal, until her late game heroics.

Smith did play a big part in what would be the eventual equalizer, but she didn’t score it. In the 65th minute, Thorns defender Celeste Boureille bundled into Smith from behind near the left edge of the penalty box as Smith was moving away from the goal and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Smith took the kick herself and shot hard, but almost right up the middle and Franch made the save. Franch did give up a big rebound off her knee and fortunately for the USA, Michelle Xiao was first to the ball before slotting a left-footed shot under the scrambling Franch. Xiao had entered the game just three minutes earlier, replacing Tziarra King, and scored her first goal at the U-23 level.

U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy made a handful of excellent saves in the first half to keep the score close and Thorns midfielder Amandine Henry hit the left post with a shot from distance in the 84th minute that would have made it 2-1 for her side.

In the first game of tonight’s doubleheader, the Chicago Red Stars defeated the Houston Dash, 2-1, as U.S. WNT forward Christen Press scored both goals, the first off a penalty kick. Houston’s goal was off a penalty kick as well while U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved a penalty kick for the Red Stars. U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell started her first game for Houston.

In the USA’s first match of the tournament on March 26, the young Americans fell to the Houston Dash 2-1 after giving up two late goals. McCaskill, who captained the team in both matches so far, scored the USA’s lone goal in the 74th minute.

The USA finishes the tournament against the Red Stars on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Immediately following the Thorns Spring Invitational, the U.S. U-23 will hold another training camp from April 2-8 in Orlando, Fla., that will feature a closed-door match against the Orlando Pride on April 7 and a match against the University of Central Florida.

As NWSL preseason is well underway, the U.S. rosters for both camps consist entirely of college and youth club players.

-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns
Date: March 29, 2017
Competition: Thorns Spring Invitational
Venue: Providence Park; Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 6,129
Weather: 52 degrees; mostly cloudy

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

POR – Mallory Weber (Ashley Herndon)                   8th minute
USA – Michelle Xiao                                                    65
USA – Sophia Smith                                                    90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Casey Murphy; 14-Alana Cook, 17-Tegan McGrady, 3-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Ellie Jean; 6-Jaelin Howell (7-Tierna Davidson, 62), 10-Brianna Pinto (16-Sandra Yu, 84), 11-Mallory Eubanks (9-Ashley Sanchez, 66); 19-Sophia Smith, 24-Savannah McCaskill (capt.) (8-Jordan DiBiasi, 73), 23-Tziarra King (15-Michelle Xiao, 62)
Subs not used: 22-Bella Geist, 2-Taylor Isom, 5-Taylor Racioppi, 13-Gabrielle Seiler, 18-Simone Charley, 21-Alexis Warner
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

POR: 24-Adrianna Franch; 30-Celeste Boureille, 16-Emily Sonnett, 4-Emily Menges (8-Meghan Cox, 75), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (27-Caroline Flynn, 60); 10-Allie Long, 19-Ashley Herndon (6-Mana Shim, 60), 28-Amandine Henry; 20-Kelli Hubly, 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.) (9-Nadia Nadim, 71), 26-Mallory Weber (15-Kendall Johnson, 60)
Subs not used: 33-Britt Eckerstrom, 22-Ellie Boon
Head Coach: Mark Parsons

Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 9 / 15
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referee 1: J.J. Blodgett
Assistant Referee 2: Cephas Quartson

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GALLERY: MNT and Panama Split Points in 1-1 World Cup Qualifying Draw

Photos from the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup Qualifying match against Panama on March 28. The USA went on the road to the hostile confines of Estadio Rommel Fernandez and earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw thanks to Clint Dempsey’s MNT-best 18th career World Cup Qualifying goal.

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MNT Mar 29, 2017

USA's 2017 Gold Cup Group Set After Nicaragua's Remarkable Playoff Comeback

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s Group B opponents in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup were finalized with Nicaragua’s stunning 3-0 win against Haiti to earn a 4-3 aggregate triumph in the second leg of the Gold Cup qualifying playoff Tuesday night.

Haiti collected a 3-1 home victory in the first meeting of the playoff on March 24, placing themselves in prime positon to advance. The second leg remained scoreless until the 82nd minute when Nicaragua’s Juan Barrera converted a penalty kick for his first of three goals in a span of six minutes, twice inspiring a bench-clearing celebration and frenzy amongst the home crowd in La Azul y Blanco’s Gold Cup-clinching victory.

READ: Five Things You Should Know About the CONCACAF Gold Cup

As announced by CONCACAF on March 7, the U.S. begins tournament play Saturday, July 8 against Panama at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. The MNT earned a 1-1 draw away to Panama in the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying last night and boasts a 5-1-3 all-time advantage against Los Canaleros in the Gold Cup. The MNT’s lone Gold Cup Group Stage loss came to Panama in 2011 in a 2-1 defeat.

READ: The MNT’s History Against 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Opponents

The USA then heads to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, July 12 for a matchup with Martinique. The island nation, an overseas department of France that is not recognized as a FIFA member, earned its berth by advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Caribbean Cup. Brian McBride notched a brace in the MNT’s lone meeting with Martinique at Gillette Stadium in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. and Nicaragua will meet for the first time when they round out the Group Stage at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, July 18.

READ: U.S. MNT has Plenty of History at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Venues

Tickets for all 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup games are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.

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MNT Mar 29, 2017

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)

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