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MNT Falls To Panama on PKs in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. 

Trailing 1-0 at the tail end of the second half, substitutes DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey combined to level the match, 1-1. 

As the clock continued ticked away, both sides attacked and generated chances, but none found the back of the net, and after an additional 30 minutes of extra time, the match was off to penalty kicks. 

In PKs, the U.S. converted its two opening penalties, but then saw a miss and two consecutive saves by Panama ‘keeper Luis Mejia, which made Harold Cummings’s conversion in the fourth round the winning kick. With the result, the MNT finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Later this year, the MNT will face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – either Jamaica or Mexico – in a one-game playoff for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN– Roberto Nurse (Ronaldo Blackburn) 55th minute: Roberto Blackburn slipped a pass up to Nurse, who attacked U.S. defenders Tim Ream and John Brooks and pushed into the box. Nurse sidestepped Brooks, freeing himself to curl a shot around Guzan and into the net for the game’s first goal. USA 0, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin) 70th minute:  Michael Bradley looped a long ball to Yedlin, who chested it down in the box, took a turn and sent it across to Dempsey on a late run. The defense and goalkeeper had collapsed on Yedlin, which freed Dempsey to bury his seventh goal of the tournament to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL)

Penalty Shootout:
USA-Aron Johansson: Johansson sent the first shot right down Broadway and in for a score. USA 1, PAN 0
PAN-Roman Torres: Torres responded with a well struck goal into the top right corner. USA 1, PAN 1
USA-Clint Dempsey: In what was signature style for the month of July, having already chipped two goalies on PK’s, Dempsey did so again to put the U.S. ahead. USA 2, PAN 1
PAN-Abdiel Arroyo: Arroyo stutter stepped and blasted a shot low and hard by a diving Guzan. USA 2, PAN 2
USA-Fabian Johnson: Johnson came up third for the U.S. and sent his kick over the crossbar. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Armando Cooper: Cooper rolled his attempt and Guzan dove to his left and corralled it to keep the shootout level. USA, 2, PAN 2
USA-Michael Bradley: The U.S. captain sent a shot hard to the left, but Mejia guessed right for Panama and deflected it away. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Harold Cummings: Cummings sent a shot to the left, Guzan dove and got a hand to it, but the ball powered into the net. USA 2, PAN 3
USA-DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley blasted a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Mejia was headed that way, and he made a diving save to end the game in Panama’s favor. USA 2, PAN 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Time Ream 36th minute: Armando Cooper intercepted an errant MNT pass and countered with pace down the center of the field. He attacked the box, beat a defender and then slid a shot past Brad Guzan towards the back post. Fortunately for the U.S., Tim Ream was there, booting the ball off the goal line and out of bounds for a corner kick.

USA – Fabian Johnson 54 minute: From a corner kick, Panama sent a ball in that forward Ronaldo Blackburn headed sharply at goal. Fabian Johnson was there to clear it off the goal line to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan (save) 81st minute: A Panama cross from the outside on the left found the head of Ronaldo Blackburn, who directed it firmly toward the back post. Brad Guzan fully extended and just reached the ball with his left hand, pawing it down before taking another dive to smother it.

USA– Brad Guzan (save) 108st minute: Roberto Nurse was freed on the left side for an attack at goal. As he wound up and fired off a shot, DeAndre Yedlin slid in and deflected it. The Ball continued to spin at goal, but Guzan was ready for it and knocked it away on a dive.

Coming up Next: #USAvPER
Location: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Date: September 4, 2015
Opponent: Peru 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the competition, which is the most-ever by an American player in a single Gold Cup tournament.
  • Dempsey’s 12 Gold Cup goals tie him with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the tournament’s all-time list behind only Landon Donovan (18).

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to his starting XI from the team that began Wednesday’s Semifinal against Jamaica: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Graham Zusi, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski all came into the lineup.
  • Corona earned his first start of the tournament. 
  • Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley were the only two U.S. players to start all six matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The match was the U.S. MNT’s third in a Gold Cup third place match and marked the first time the team had not won the game (2-1-0)
  • The U.S. MNT record against Panama dropped to 12-1-4 (5-1-3 in Gold Cup games)
  • The MNT is now 3-2-3 all-time in matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

MNT Falls to Jamaica in Gold Cup Semifinal

ATLANTA (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from the 2015 Gold Cup Wednesday night after a 2-1 Semifinal loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second half, the U.S. came out quickly on the attack and Michael Bradley scored his second goal of the tournament to cut the Jamaica in half. Chances continued to come for the MNT, but none found the net, and when the final whistle blew, it signaled the USA’s first loss to Jamaica in Gold Cup play.

Jamaica led at the break after two quick goals from set pieces late in the first half. Darren Mattocks headed home a long throw in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes doubled the lead five minutes later with a free kick from just outside of the box.

The USA will play either Panama or Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday, July 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The broadcast information on the semifinal is still to be determined.

The MNT will also face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The one-game playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute: A long throw in from Kemar Lawrence found Mattocks in the center of the box, where he rose highest and flicked a header to the back post. The ball floated over diving U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan and bounced in off the post. USA 0, JAM 1

JAM – Giles Barnes 36th minute:  Brad Guzan was whistled for a handball after he was deemed to have advanced out of the penalty area. Jamaica was awarded a free kick on the right side of the box and Barnes stepped up to take the kick, curling it over the wall and in at the near post to put Jamaica up by a pair. USA 0, JAM 2

USA – Michael Bradley 48th minute: Just after the restart, the ball was played into Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. He took a turn and fired at Jamaica’s goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who batted it down in front of him. Dempsey followed and got a shot away before Michael Bradley followed up for the third time to tap it home from eight yards.USA 1, JAM 2 (SEE GOAL ) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 30th minute: Fabian Johnson barreled down the left side on the attack and made a sharp cut in to his right, crossing his defender and freeing himself for a shot. Johnson placed a shot toward the far post, but Thompson dove to his left to deflect it away.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 44th minute: Alejandro Bedoya threaded a pass to Clint Dempsey in the box, who shielded a man away and ripped a shot with his left foot. Thompson came out and smothered the shot.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 57th minute: USA captain Bradley turned on the edge of the area and blasted a vicious swerving drive toward goal. Thompson was momentarily fooled but managed to get his body behind the shot, deflecting it off his chest and off the post to preserve the lead.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 71st minute: Brad Evans sent a long throw in into the box, which John Brooks Reached with a header. Brooks’ header went on frame, but Thompson dove to stop it.

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Third-Place Game
Location: PPL Park – Chester, Pa.
Opponent: TBD
Broadcast information:  TBD 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram  

Milestone Watch:

  • With his goal U.S. captain Michael Bradley became the fourth player with 15 goals & 15 assists for the #USMNT (Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda)
  • With tonight’s start, Bradley ties goalkeeper Tim Howard for 11th on the all-time MNT cap list with 104 appearances.
  • Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 50th all-time appearance for the USA in tonight’s match.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup from the Cuba Quarterfinal match: John Brooks returned to central defense after serving a one-game suspension, while Brad Evans stepped in at right back.
  • Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan continued as the lone U.S. players to start all five matches of the tournament.
  • The start was the first for Evans since the second Gold Cup group match, a 1-0 victory against Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
  • The MNT is now 13-2-8 all-time against Jamaica and is 10-1-3 against the Reggae Boyz at home. The U.S. record against Jamaica in the Gold Cup falls to 3-1-0.
  • The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time in Atlanta.
  • The loss was the first for the MNT under Jurgen Klinsmann in the Gold Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date:  July 22, 2015
Competition:  2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue:  Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff:  6 p.m. ET
Attendance:  TBA
Weather:  indoor

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

JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence)         31st minute
JAM – Giles Barnes                                               36
USA – Michael Bradley                                        48

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67) , 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary, 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff, 15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Sub Not Used: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 16-Joel Grant, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution)      31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution)     45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)      88

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

USA Cruises Past Cuba with 6-0 Win in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

BALTIMORE (July 18, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.

Clint Dempsey tallied a hat trick, Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also scored for the MNT, with Gonzalez’s goal the first of his international career. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and the U.S. MNT backline earned their second shutout of the tournament. 

The MNT improved its Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1 and extended its record to 6-0-0 against Cuba in the regional tournament. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament. 

The USA continues its title defense on Wednesday, July 22, in the tournament Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica. The Semifinal will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute: The U.S. struck first in the game’s early minutes. From the right side, Timmy Chandler curled a left-footed ball in to Clint Dempsey, who out-jumped his defender and headed it over Cuba’s diving ‘keeper for the early advantage. USA 1, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15th minute:  Just over 10 minutes after collecting the match’s opening score, the U.S. doubled up with Zardes’ first-career Gold Cup goal. Fabian Johnson set it up with a spinning cross from the left that found Zardes on the right. Zardes hit a side-footed volley out of the air and into the goal. USA 2, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32nd minute:  Bradley hit a perfect lofted ball into the Cuba half from behind the midfield line. Johannsson sprinted to get to it, and Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra was caught in a position where he couldn’t converge and tried to break down and defend. Johannsson sensing the hesitation, gracefully chipped the ball into the goal for the USA”s third tally of the half. USA 3, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson) 45th minute:  From a corner kick Michael Bradley sent the ball to the far post. As it bent toward the endline Johannsson rose and headed it back through the box. Omar Gonzalez reached it first and finished for his first international goal and the USA’s fourth of the game.  USA 4, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 64th minute: Brad Evans played a beautiful ball into Aron Johannsson, who was dragged down in the box by Cuban defender Angel Horta to set up a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and confidently clipped it down the middle for his fifth goal of the tournament. USA 5, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78th minute: Michael Bradley played the architect, knifing through the Cuban defense and into the box, before threading a ball back across to Dempsey. Dempsey jetted over to it and slammed it into the net complete his hat trick. USA 6, CUB 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Semifinal
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Opponent: Jamaica
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. He is the current golden boot leader. He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.
  • Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history: Brian McBride - 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) - 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski - 7/9/13 v. Belize
  • Omar Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his second goal of 2015 and his first in a Gold Cup.
  • Aron Johannsson’s goal was his first in a Gold Cup and his second in 2015 with his first coming against Denmark on March 25 in Arhus.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan made their fourth straight starts of the 2015 Gold Cup.
  • After missing the first two matches of the tournament, Alejandro Bedoya made his second straight start.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson was the third different combination used in the team’s four Gold Cup matches.
  • Clint Dempsey now has five career goals against Cuba. He also tallied in the team’s 4-1 win in the 2005 Gold Cup opener and the 1-0 shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6, 2008 in Havana.
  • Eight U.S. players made their first-ever appearance in a Gold Cup Quarterfinal as well as against Cuba: Alvarado, Bedoya, Chandler, Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson, Johnson, Guzan and Gyasi Zardes.
  • This was the first time the USMNT scored 4 goals in a first half or led by four at half since Dec. 1993 vs El Salvador.
  • The last time the MNT scored four goals in one half of a competitive match was in a World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2008. The USA scored four second-half goals in a 6-1 win at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that clenched the team a berth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-0-1 in Quarterfinal matches and 20-6-4 in knockout matches all-time in the Gold Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and a perfect 6-0-0 in Gold Cup matches. The U.S. is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the island nation, dating back to Sept. 21, 1949. 

Gold Cup Group Phase By The Numbers

With the U.S. putting a wrap on winning another Gold Cup group, here’s a look at 11 statistical highlights:

2 – With their appearances in the tournament, defender Ventura Alvarado and midfielder Alfredo Morales are officially cap-tied to the United States.

2 – U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are the only two U.S. players to start in all three matches. The pair also played all 360 minutes of the group stage.

5 – Dempsey became the fifth U.S. player to score at least three goals in a Gold Cup group stage. The others: Wynalda (1996), McBride (2003), Donovan (2005) and Chris Wondolowski (5 goals; 2013).

8 - Clint Dempsey’s three goals in the group stage pushed him to eighth all-time in the Gold Cup. He is now tied with Brian McBride for third most Gold Cup goals among U.S. players and behind Landon Donovan (18) and Eric Wynalda (9).

11 -Eleven players made their first Gold Cup appearances during the group stage: Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Greg Gaza, Brad Guzan, Aron Johannsson, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes, and Graham Zusi.

12 – The U.S. finished top of its Gold Cup group for the 12th time in 13 tournament appearances.

13 – Brad Guzan made 13 saves during the group stage and 28 for the U.S. so far this year. The team is 5-0-1 when Guzan has manned the net in 2015.

21 - U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used 21 of the 23 players available to him during the Gold Cup group stage. Only goalkeepers Nick Rimando and William Yarbrough did not see any time.

32 – With their 2-0-1 record in 2015 group play, the MNT moved its all-time record to 32-1-3 in the first stage of the tournament.

50 – The MNT’s 1-0 win against Haiti in Foxborough on July 10 was the team’s 50th all-time in Gold Cup play.  Mexico sits second all-time with 42 Gold Cup wins.

102 – Michael Bradley became the 16th U.S. player to reach 100 career appearances for the USA in the tournament opening win with Honduras. With his appearance in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Panama, Bradley made his 102nd appearance for the MNT, moving him into a tie with former goalkeeper Kasey Keller for 12th on the team’s all-time appearance list.

MNT Concludes Gold Cup Group Play with 1-1 Draw Against Panama

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July, 13 2015) – After already winning Group A with its 1-0 win over Haiti, the U.S. Men’s National Team concluded group play in the 2015 Gold Cup with a 1-1 draw against Panama in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. 

Panama was the first to strike with Luis Tejada working to find Blas Perez for the game’s opening goal. The U.S. responded early in the second half when Alejandro Bedoya crossed to Michael Bradley, who buried the game-tying goal, which was his second against Panama in 2015. The U.S. dominated possession following the goal and threatened with a number of opportunities, but had to settle for a share of the points. 

The U.S. MNT has won its group in 12 of the 13 Gold Cups and with this draw improves its all-time record against Panama to 12-1-3 its Gold Cup record against Los Canaleros to 5-1-2. 

The tournament continues for the MNT on Saturday, July 18, with the Quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, against the third place team from either Group B or C. The game will be broadcast live FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Blas Perez (Luis Tejada) 34th minute: Tejada brought the ball inside the box on the right side with his back to Ventura Alvarado. Tejada deked right and then turned back to his left, where he sprinted past Alvarado to the end line. From there Tejada crossed to Perez, who had read the play and volleyed home from close range for the first score of the game. USA 0, PAN 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Michael Bradley (Alejandro Bedoya) 55th minute: The U.S. pressured down the left side. The ball was intercepted by the Panama defense, but the USA recovered possession and moved it to Alejandro Bedoya, who continued down the left side and into the box. As the defense shifted towards Bedoya’s attack it freed Bradley in the center. Bedoya threaded a cross to the captain and he applied a sliding finish to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Fabian Johnson, 21st minute: Off a Panama corner kick, the ball was flicked on at Guzan, who made a quick reaction save and punched the ball out in front of the goal. Valentin Pimentel was the first to run on to it. Pimentel smashed a shot back at goal, but Fabian Johnson was there with the block. 

USA – Brad Guzan, 75th minute: A sweeping counter from Panama saw the ball floated out wide to second half sub Roberto Nurse, who picked out the near post run of Alberto Quintero. Without breaking stride, Quintero volleyed a one-time blast toward the inside of Guzan’s near post, but the USA ‘keeper made a spectacular one-handed reaction save to deny what could have been a game winner for Panama. 

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the Quarterfinals on July 18 at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Broadcast information: FOX, Univision
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Michael Bradley scored his 14th career goal and his first in a Gold Cup since 2011. It was Bradley’s second goal against Panama this year.
  • Midfielders Alfredo Morales and Alejandro Bedoya made their first appearances in the 2015 Gold Cup. The start was also Morales’ first-ever Gold Cup appearance.
  • With his start Morales is officially cap-tied to the U.S. Men’s National Team, following in the footsteps of Alvarado Ventura who became cap-tied to the U.S. earlier in the tournament.
  • With his appearance tonight, Bradley tied Kasey Keller for 12th on the MNT’s all-time caps list at 102.

Additional Notes:

  • John Brooks earned his second yellow card in the group stage and as a result will be suspended for Saturday’s Quarterfinal match.
  • With both Alfredo Morales and Alejandro Bedoya making the starting XI, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann utilized 21 of his 23 players during the group stage. The only players to not appear yet are goalkeepers Nick Rimando and William Yarbrough.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are the only U.S. players to start all three Gold Cup group matches.
  • 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski made his first start of the tournament.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann deployed the same back line that played in the tournament opener against Honduras: Chandler, Alvarado, Brooks and Johnson.
  • The U.S. is unbeaten against Panama in the teams’ last six meetings. All of what have come under the auspices of Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • The USA is 3-0-1 all-time at Sporting Park and 1-0-1 in Gold Cup games

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group A
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 18,467
Weather: 92 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

PAN – Blas Perez (Luis Tejada)                     34th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (Alejandro Bedoya)  55

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (9-Aron Johannsson, 71), 7-Alfredo Morales (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 18-Chris Wondolowski (8-Clint Dempsey, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 10-Mix Diskerud, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream, 16-Brad Evans, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jamie Penedo; 11-Armando Cooper, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 3-Harold Cummings, 15-Erick Davis; 2-Valentin Pimentel (14-Miguel Camargo, 62), 20-Anibal Godoy, 6-Gabriel Gomez, 19-Alberto Quintero (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 86); 7-Blas Perez, 10-Luis Tejada (9-Roberto Nurse, 71)
Subs Not Used: 4-Alfredo Stephens, 8-Gabriel Torres, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Adolfo Machado, 16-Rolando Blackburn, 17-Luis Henriquez, 18-Darwin Pinzon, 21-Jose Calderon, 23-Angel Patrick
Head coach: Hernan Gomez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 8
Saves: 7 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 14 / 17
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)             16th minute
USA –Timmy Chandler (caution)       44
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)           45
USA – Alvarado Ventura (caution)     48

Officials: 
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

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Possessing lightning speed and remarkable confidence for his age, Yedlin stood out as one of the brightest young prospects of the World Cup. He played without fear against Germany and Belgium, earning respect and praise that would lead to a move to Tottenham Hotspur. A homegrown talent from Seattle, he parlayed a fantastic rookie season with the Sounders into a role on the National Team where he is also expected to make an important contribution to the efforts for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Career Highlights:

  • Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he appeared in three matches
  • Named 2013 MLS All Star and finalist for 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year
  • First Homegrown Player signed by the club after playing for Sounders FC Academy
  • Two-time All-MAC First Team honoree at Akron
2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made Gold Cup debut against Honduras on July 7... Has played in all nine games for the MNT this year, starting five... Recorded his first point of 2015 after providing the assist on John Brooks' goal against Netherlands... 2014: In total made 10 appearances, tied for third-most on the team ... Came on as a second-half sub against Germany on June 26 in the final game of the FIFA World Cup group stage and as an injury replacement against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 ... Made his World Cup debut against Portugal on June 22 in the second match of the group phase when he came on in the 72nd minute ... Against Portugal, made a pass from the right side into the box that eventually was crossed by Graham Zusi and led to Clint Dempsey's go-ahead goal ... Received his first call up to the senior National Team for the USA’s 2014 January camp that was split between Carson, Calif., and Sao Paulo, Brazil … Made his international debut at the end of that camp as a 74th-minute sub in a 2-0 defeat of the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 … Made three more substitute appearances in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, coming on in the second half against Mexico on April 2, Azerbaijan on May 27 and Turkey on June 1...  Under-23s: Named to the U.S. squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, making his international debut against Portugal in a 3-1 victory … In total, made four appearances for the U.S. U-20 squad in 2013.  First Appearance: Feb. 1, 2014, v. Korea Republic … First Goal: None

2014: Made 25 appearances in his sophomore season for Seattle … Signed by Tottenham Hotspur to a contract that began in January of 2015 … 2013: Signed with the Seattle Sounders FC on January 11, becoming the Sounders’ first Homegrown player … Started 30 MLS games for the Sounders and led the team in minutes in his first year as a professional …  Scored his first professional goal against Tigres in a 3-1 win in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League aggregate victory … Named to the MLS All-Star team for a match against Roma, the first rookie to make the All-Star team since 2005…Scored his first MLS goal against the Colorado Rapids in a 1-1 draw on July 20.

College:

2012: An All-MAC First Team honoree for the second straight year ...  Appeared in all 22 games, making 21 starts at right back. Finished third on the team with six assists ... 2011: College Soccer News Freshman All-American … All-MAC First Team honoree … Appeared in all 23 games, including 20 starts ... Started the first 16 matches at right back … Netted his first career goal in a win against Ohio State on Sept. 28.


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