U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Tops Colombia 3-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd in Pennsylvania

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (April 10, 2016) – Julie Johnston scored her first career brace to lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 3-0 victory against Colombia in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,275 on a chilly afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium.

Christen Press began the scoring after she lifted a bouncing ball over Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez in the 26th minute off a cross from Lindsey Horan. It was the 33rd international goal for Press in 66 games.

Johnston notched her sixth career goal when she lunged to volley Tobin Heath’s free kick over the ‘keeper and into the right corner just before halftime. Heath found Johnston again on a set piece in the 79th minute, hitting a low cross from the right and Johnston dove to flick a header just inside the left post. All seven of Johnston’s WNT goals have come off set plays.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded her fourth career win and shutout in her second appearance of the year.

The match was the second between the teams in four days with the USA winning 7-0 in East Hartford, Conn., on April 6.

All of the U.S. players besides 17-year-old Mallory Pugh will now return to their NWSL clubs for the beginning of the historic fourth season. The USA will come together again in June as it continues the Road to Rio with a friendly match against Japan on Thursday, June 2 in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT, FS1).

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan), 26th minute: Lindsay Horan gathered a pass on the left flank and did well to work herself free to play a perfectly-weighted cross over the top of the Colombia back line and into the penalty box. Christen Press ran onto the bouncing ball lifted it over the onrushing goalkeeper Catalina Perez with her right foot. A defender gave chase as the looping shot bounced toward the goal, but she could not reach it before it sailed into the net. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath), 42nd minute: The USA earned a free kick in line with the right edge of the penalty box about 28 years from the goal. With her teammates lined up on the top edge of the penalty box, Tobin Heath played a bending 20-yard free kick to the right side of the six-yard box. Julie Johnston met Heath’s pass with a lunging right-footed volley to send the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for her first goal of the year. USA 2, COL 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath), 79th minute: Tobin Heath lined up another free kick just five yards from the end line on the right side and struck a low cross to the crashing Julie Johnston who used her head to redirect the ball toward the far post and into the side netting for her second goal of the match. USA 3, COL 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will host Japan in a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final rematch on Thursday, June 2 in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT, FS1). The match is sold out.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 11-0-0 in 2016, having scored 42 goals and allowed only one, good for an average of 3.81 per match.
  • The U.S. recorded its 10th clean sheet of the year with second-ranked Germany being the only team that has scored on the USA in 11 matches.
  • The WNT improved to 5-0-0 in the all-time series against Colombia. These two games were the first friendly matches between the teams with the other three games having taken place during world championships.
  • Julie Johnston’s goals are the sixth and seventh of her career and first of 2016. All of her goals have come on set pieces.
  • Christen Press’ goal marks the 33rd of her career, giving her sole possession of 16th on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She passed Lindsay Tarpley.
  • Tobin Heath registered her second and third assists of the year, both on set pieces finished by Johnston.
  • Lindsey Horan recorded her third assist of the year.
  • Alyssa Naeher tallied her fourth career shutout in four career starts.
  • The WNT used four subs: Whitney Engen replaced Becky Sauerbrunn, Allie Long replaced Lindsey Horan and Kelley O’Hara replaced Meghan Klingenberg in the 61st minute. Ali Krieger replaced Carli Lloyd, who got a rousing ovation from her hometown crowd, in the 73rd minute.
  • As Lloyd exited the match, she handed the captain’s armband to Tobin Heath.
  • The USA improved to 13-3-1 all-time in Pennsylvania and 4-0-1 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • The USA held Colombia to three shots and without a shot on goal.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd earned her 222nd cap today, which ranks eighth in WNT history.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 10, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,275 (sold-out)
Weather: 48 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          1          3                                             
COL                            0          0          0                     

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan)          26th minute
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)              42
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)              79                                                                                               

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 17-Tobin Heath, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 61), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 3-Samantha Mewis, 20-Lindsey Horan (23-Allie Long, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (11-Ali Krieger, 73); 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez, 3-Natalia Gaitan, 14-Nataly Arias, 2-Carolina Arbelaez, 9-Orianica Velasquez, 5-Isabella Echeverri, 6-Liana Salazar, 15-Tatiana Ariza (7-Nicole Regnier, 87), 4-Diana Ospina (10-Yorely Rincon, 87), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (18-Yisela Cuesta, 90+1)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero, 8-Carolina Pineda, 13-Maria Jaramillo, 17-Leidy Asprilla
Head Coach: Fabian Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 22 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Liana Salazar (caution)                                  54th minute

COL – Natalia Gaitan (caution)                               77

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)    
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)  
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)  
4th Official: Karen Abt (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

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WNT Apr 10, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: April 10, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 17,275
Weather: 48 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             2          1          3                                             
COL                              0          0          0                     

USA – Christen Press (Lindsey Horan)                26th minute
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)                     42
USA – Julie Johnston (Tobin Heath)                     79                                                                                     

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 17-Tobin Heath, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen, 61), 7-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 61); 3-Samantha Mewis, 20-Lindsey Horan (23-Allie Long, 61), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (11-Ali Krieger, 73); 12-Christen Press, 16-Crystal Dunn, 2-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett
Not available: Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

COL: 1-Catalina Perez, 3-Natalia Gaitan, 14-Nataly Arias, 2-Carolina Arbelaez, 9-Orianica Velasquez, 5-Isabella Echeverri, 6-Liana Salazar, 15-Tatiana Ariza (7-Nicole Regnier, 87), 4-Diana Ospina (10-Yorely Rincon, 87), 16-Leicy Santos, 11-Catalina Usme (18-Yisela Cuesta, 90+1)
Subs not used: 12-Paula Forero, 8-Carolina Pineda, 13-Maria Jaramillo, 17-Leidy Asprilla
Head Coach: Fabian Taborda

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 22 / 3
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Liana Salazar (caution)                             54th minute
COL – Natalia Gaitan (caution)                            77

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)          
Assistant Referee 2: Deleana Quan (USA)          
4th Official: Karen Abt (USA)      

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

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)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Por determinarse

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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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