The U.S. Men’s National Team and Panama have a lot of history, but it’s all very recent.
Somewhat surprisingly, the teams didn’t meet for the first time until the 1993 Gold Cup. It took 11 years until they played again. Since their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Panama City in September 2004, the sides have played some very memorable matches.
There’s Panama’s first and only win against the United States, the lone defeat for the U.S. in the Group Stage of a Gold Cup to this day. Then there’s the USA defeating Panama on penalties in the 2005 Gold Cup Final, and Break Shea’s game winner in a rematch of the final in 2013.
None of those games, however, provided the drama that unfolded in the final match of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup a few short months after the Gold Cup triumph.
With the U.S. easing into their seventh straight World Cup berth a month earlier, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to evaluate his roster in competitive match situations, while the team got to play pseudo “King Maker” in determining who between Panama and Mexico would advance to the Intercontinental playoff with New Zealand.
With Panama needing a win and a Mexico loss to advance, U.S. players were asked prior to the game about the potential for laying down in the match in order to keep the team’s biggest rivals out of the World Cup.
“We weren’t really looking at scenarios at that point,” Graham Zusi told ussoccer.com. “We had qualified, but we were looking to finish out the campaign on a strong note. The World Cup team hadn’t been selected yet, so you’re looking for a place in the 23 guys going to Brazil and you’re fighting until the end.”
Still, the match had more meaning for Panama and they came out firing in front of their home crowd as Gabriel Torres found the game’s first goal in the 18th minute. Brad Davis’ corner picked out Michael Orozco to equalize for the U.S. in the 64th minute, forcing Panama to go searching for another goal to advance.
With Mexico trailing 2-1 at Costa Rica, Panama got a dramatic go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute when Luis Tejada pounced on a rebound at the six-yard box, electrifying the crowd at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
As the game entered stoppage time, Panama looked to be heading towards the two-match playoff with New Zealand, but with a team full of players fighting for a spot in Brazil, the U.S. struck back as Davis picked out Zusi who headed home the equalizer in the 92nd minute, sending the packed stadium into utter despair.
“When that goal went in and the stadium went absolutely silent, I’ve not heard something to that effect,” remembered Zusi. “It was really surreal, a strange feeling.”
With Panamanian dreams all but shattered, the U.S. added insult to injury by grabbing a game-winner from Aron Johannsson, who tucked his low blast inside the left post a minute later.
Under another scenario, Johannsson would have celebrated wildly. The goal was the first of his international career and capped an incredible stoppage time comeback, but driving the final dagger into Panamanian World Cup hopes instead saw him give a muted reaction.
“Obviously it’s nice to win, but you just see all the players went down. They had a very tough time and the whole stadium is quiet,” Johannsson told ussoccer.com. “It was mixed emotions. Obviously for us, we go out to win every single game and for me to score the winning goal and first of my national team career is very special, but the circumstances were a bit strange.”
After the final whistle blew, the U.S. players consoled their counterparts more than they celebrated themselves.
“It was tough to say something to them because we just beat them and kicked them out of the World Cup,” continued Johannsson. “They just fell down crying on the pitch. It was a difficult situation to be in. We just walked around, shook their hands and tried to tell them to keep their heads up. It’s hard to know what to say and it’s hard to be in that situation especially when you lose in the 90th minute and almost qualify for the World Cup.”
The teams find themselves in a similar situation as they enter Monday’s group finale at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A Panama win would guarantee their advancement as the second-place team from Group A and a draw would potentially get them through in second or third place.
However, another loss to the U.S. could see them miss the knockout round for the first time since last missing the tournament in 2003.
While the two teams played in a friendly earlier this year, the stinging loss to the U.S. in October 2013 certainly stays with the Panamanian team.
“There will always be that little spot in the back of their mind where they’re thinking about that game and what we did to them,” said Zusi. “I fully expect them to come out and treat this game like it’s the most important of their lives. It’s certainly not going to be an easy one.”
“It probably sits in them that we knocked them out of the World Cup and I think they really want to beat us,” agreed Johannsson. “I think all the teams in CONCACAF really want to beat us. They come out there and fight their best against us every single time. It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re ready for it and we have players that have played difficult games before. We go out there and try our best to get three points again.”
Opening up the team’s 2013 Gold Cup campaign against Belize, a new U.S. MNT player, Chris Wondowlowski, took the field for the very first time.
Wondowlowski’s impact was felt almost immediately against the Central American side, knocking home a close-range rebound off a Joe Corona header in the 12th minute.
Danny Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. Gyasi Zardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks’ goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match.
For Zardes, Williams and Wood, the goals were the first of their international careers, while Brooks’ strike was his first since his momentous game-winner against Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay), 27th minute: From the left side, Memphis Depay played the ball past Gyasi Zardes to send a cross to Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who escaped both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks to head the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. USA 0, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson), 33rd minute: Aaron Johannsson passed the ball outside of the Netherlands box to Fabian Johnson, who was looming on the upper right side corner. Johnson controlled the pass and sent a cross to the far post where Gyasi Zardes awaited. Calm and collected, Zardes gave the ball a great touch with his right foot, tipping it in from a sharp angle inside the near post past the Dutch goalkeeper to even matters before half. USA 1, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)
NED – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Van der Wiel), 49th minute: Second half sub Van der Wiel outpaced his marker before sending a long cross toward Huntelaar. The Dutch striker outjumped his defender and once again headed it home for his second of the game. USA 1, NED 2
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar), 53rd minute: Huntelaar drove a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off Depay and past Guzan towards the far post where it banked in off the woodwork into the opposite corner. USA 1, NED 3
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin), 70th minute: Michael Bradley came running into the right side of the box where he found DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin gave the ball a single touch before crossing it to the middle where John Brooks used the inside of his left foot to guide a shot inside the near post for his second career MNT strike. USA 2, NED 3 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Danny Williams, 88th minute: Following a corner from Michael Bradley that sent the ball to the middle of the box, Netherlands’ Lukk De Jong headed it clear to the top of the box. Danny Williams was waiting above the half circle to collect the short clearance and took a shot with his right foot that deflected off Dutch forward Luuk de Jong to tie the game. USA 3, NED 3 (SEE GOAL )
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris), 90th minute: Michael Bradley gained possession of the ball after a defensive recovery and ran it through the midfield into attacking territory. Bradley found a patient Jordan Morris on the right side and sent him a pass that he smartly crossed to Bobby Wood, who tapped it in with the inside of his right foot for the game-winner in the last-minute. USA 4, NED 3 (FINAL) ( SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 3rd minute: Robin Van Persie scooted into the box after a bit of miscommunication from the USA defense. His attempt was blocked by Brad Guzan and despite another Netherlands player getting the rebound to try again, the USA No. 1 was prepared and corralled the ball to keep the U.S. out of trouble.
NED – Jasper Cillessen, 15th minute: In the clearest scoring opportunity for the USA until that point, Michael Bradley served a corner kick into the box, where it bounced around before finding Gyasi Zardes. He fired a bullet from eight yards away toward the net but Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ready and made a point-blank save to deny the goal.
NED – Jasper Cillessen, 22nd minute: Brek Shea had a fantastic run on the left flank after a midfield pass from Michael Bradley, and got himself into position to face Cillessen one-on-one. Shea’s shot from about five yards out went straight into Cillessen’s legs, which ricocheted the ball out and avoided any further attacking chance from the USA.
USA – Kyle Beckerman, 39th minute: Netherlands had a clear shot at a goal during a scramble inside the USA box, when Kyle Beckerman tracked back to make a vital interception before kicking the ball out of play, allowing the U.S. to reset.
USA – Brad Guzan and Kyle Beckerman, 47th minute: Robin Van Persie volleyed over John Brooks to head toward the net, but Guzan had a quick reaction and blocked the attempt. Van Persie tried again but this time it was Beckerman who cleared it off the line.
NED – Jasper Cillessen, 64th minute: Gyasi Zardes had a free path into the goal, sending a shot with his left foot towards the far post. Cillessen wasn’t caught off guard and stepped up to make the block with his left leg.
USA – Fabian Johnson, 83rd minute : Netherlands got inside the box and past Brad Guzan. Fabian Johnson came from behind and cleared the ball off of the missed attempt from the Dutch player, getting some help from the post to send it out of bounds.
USA – Brad Guzan, 90th minute: Luuk De Jong turned a ball goalward but Guzan expertly sprung across to keep the match tied. The follow up fell to De Jong once again but his second attempt hit the crossbar.
- Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 97 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list and is the only player on this roster that played against the Netherlands in 2010.
- The goals from Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood were their first goals with the MNT.
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will travel to Germany, to play the 2014 FIFA World Cup Champion at RheinEnergiesSTADION in Cologne. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET.
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- The United States is 1-4-0 all-time against Netherlands. The teams have played twice in the U.S. and now three times in Amsterdam. The Netherlands has outscored the U.S. 10-5 in the five-game series. Before today’s game, the USA had been outscored 7-1.
- This was the first matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach and the first victory for the USA against the European soccer power.
- Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015.
- Guzan earned his 13th win with the MNT.
- Ventura Alvarado, who made his first start for the USA the last time out against Mexico, made his second consecutive start for the USA tonight.
- Midfielder Michael Bradley wore the captain’s armband for the fourth-straight match.
- It was the second time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman started together.
- Bradley has played every minute of the USA's six matches so far in 2015. The two other MNT players that have appeared in all six games in 2015 are Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
- Yedlin nabbed his first point of 2015 after providing the assist on John Brooks’ goal late in the second half.
- Williams, who scored the game-tying goal in today’s match, was the first new player that Klinsmann capped when he became the MNT head coach.
- Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Williams, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes.
- It was Wood’s second appearance of 2015. He was last on the field on Jan. 28 during the USA’s 3-2 loss to Chile.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date: June 5, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Weather: 68 degrees; Indoor
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
NED 1 2 3
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay) 27th minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 33
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Ven Der Wiel) 49
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas Jan Huntelaar) 53
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin) 70
USA – Danny Williams 88
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris) 90
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado (15-Michael Orozco, 46), 6-John Brooks, 11-Brek Shea (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 57); 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 63), 7-Alfredo Morales (10-Mix Diskerud, 56); 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Bobby Wood, 65), 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 80)
Subs Not Used : 3-Brad Evans, 12-Nick Rimando, 13-Juan Agudelo, 16-Miguel Ibarra
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Daryl Janmaat (12-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 46), 3-Jeffrey Bruma, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Jordy Clasie (24-Wesley
Sneijder, 78), 7-Quincy Promes, 10-Robin Van Persie (capt.) (18-Davy Propper, 57), 11-Memphis Depay, 8-Georgino Wijnaldum; 9-Klaas Jan Huntelaar (19-Luuk
De Jong, 78)
Subs Not Used: 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Karim Rekik, 15-Jetro Willems, 16-Stefan De Vrij, 17-Luciano Narsingh, 20-Tjaronn Chery, 21-Steven Berghuis, 23-Tim Krul
Head coach: Guus Hiddink
Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 17 / 21
Shots on Goal: 11 / 10
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 2 / 1
NED – Gregory Van Der Wiel (caution) 85th minute
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
4th Official: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley
With every training session, with every international friendly and with every tournament, the goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team is to advance and improve as a competitive nation in international soccer.
With the CONCACAF Gold Cup as the next benchmark in the aftermath of a 2014 FIFA World Cup where the team advanced out of the “Group of Death”, U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann set a course for a year of transition. In the 10 games since Brazil, there have been 13 newly-capped players among the total of 46 who have been given minutes, while the core of the team is strengthened and new players tested.
The USA's starting XI against Mexico in April was comprised of a variety of players with varying degrees of international experience from first time starters to World Cup vets.
In fact, six of the U.S.’s most familiar faces, Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones have not played in a game together since the first World Cup match in Ghana. There have been nine different strike partnerships, five different central defender pairings, and numerous players tried in different roles, all ultimately in an effort to ready a larger group of players while zoning in on those who will be nurtured and polished for the campaign ahead.
Youth is Served
Nineteen-year-olds Emerson Hyndman and Rubio Rubin both earned their first caps with the senior team recently, with Hyndman coming on in the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014, and Rubin starting against then No. 3-ranked Colombia this past November. The pair is currently applying the experience they gained from playing with the senior team with the U-20 MNT at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is the captain of the squad and scored the game-winning goal in the tournament’s opening match off of an assist from Rubin.
Rubio Rubin, currently at the U-20 World Cup, has seen action at multiple levels for the USA in recent months, including as a full international and with the U-23 Olympic squad.
The most obvious of partnerships on the field occur in the center of the park. Whether choosing to experiment at times, as with Jermaine Jones at centerback, or through the unavailability of players, Klinsmann has capitalized on these 10 matches and explored the options. There have been five different pairings in central defense. The only two that have played together on multiple occasions are Jones and Matt Besler (3), and John Brooks and Michael Orozco (2). The search for strikers has been even more diverse. Altidore has played in nine of the 10 matches since Brazil, and only once has he had the same man next to him.
Getting Their Reps
Among the other growing talents that have had their opportunities with the MNT in this transition period are Greg Garza, DeAndre Yedlin, and Gyasi Zardes. Yedlin garnered attention during the World Cup in 2014, spring boarding him to a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Along with Brek Shea and MNT veterans Michael Bradley and Nick Rimando, he is the only player to have appeared in all five U.S. matches in 2015. Meanwhile, Shea has made the most of his return to the U.S. fold. The converted left back has started in three games and is tied with Altidore as the team’s leading goalscorer this year with two goals. His second came through a stunning free kick which helped the USA draw No. 12-ranked Switzerland in Zurich in March. Garza made his debut last September against the Czech Republic, appearing in all five matches to close out the year. He’s started in two games so far in 2015, including the win against Mexico in San Antonio.
Brek Shea celebrates scoring a stunning free kick against Switzerland with his teammates who together earned a solid 1-1 result against the then No.-12 ranked Swiss.
A pair of players from Liga MX earned their first caps with the U.S. MNT in 2015, and both showed immediate promise. Ventura Alvarado came on as a late sub in the game against Denmark in March, and followed up with another appearance against Switzerland. He shined when he made his first start, coincidentally against Mexico, by helping the team secure a 2-0 win with his play earning him Budweiser Man of the Match honors. Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his debut in the second half of the March game against Switzerland. The backstop from Club Leon was a wall when he entered in the second half of the Mexico game, making a pair of second half saves to preserve the shutout.
Young U.S. starlets William Yarbrough (left) and Ventura Alvarado have built on highly successful Liga MX showings over the past couple years by breaking into the senior USMNT player pool in 2015.
CHICAGO (May 31, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 22 players to Europe for two of the toughest tests of his tenure, facing away friendlies against two of the top three finishers at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. meets No. 6-ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam (2:30 p.m. ET - ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). The United States is seeking its first result in the series, having suffered four losses while scoring only a single goal.
Five days later, the USA faces 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany on June 10 in Cologne (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). The teams played in their final group game in Brazil last summer, with the Germans earning a 1-0 win. It’s been nine years since the last meeting on German soil, when the hosts then led by former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, cruised to a 4-1 win in Dortmund.
With the matches against Netherlands and Germany, the U.S. will have faced five teams in 2015 ranked in the top 20 in the world (Chile, Mexico, Switzerland are the other three), with four of those contests on away soil.
“Our time since the World Cup has been a transition period which now winds down before the Gold Cup,” said Klinsmann. “Playing against top teams like Germany and the Netherlands provides valuable experience, especially for the younger players here. More and more they must understand we come to meet these opponents eye to eye. Obviously it’s a bit tricky when we are without some of our core players, but that creates a huge opportunity for the guys here to benchmark themselves against some of the best players in the world. ”
The blend of youth and experience is evident. Eight players on the roster have 10 caps or less, while nine have made 20 appearances or more.
The United States will be without the services of three key players, as Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore recovers from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from a knee issue, and team captain Clint Dempsey remains in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child.
- Brad Guzan returns to the U.S. fold for the first time in 2015. He missed the two fixture dates in March due to the birth of his first child.
- Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
- Aron Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the UEFA Europa League.
- Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
- Eight leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
- Michael Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
- Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradly, Aron Johannsson and Brek Shea are the four goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015 on the roster. Agudelo tallied the insurance goal in the “dos a cero” against Mexico on April 15, his first game with the MNT in more than a year. Bradley netted an "Olimpico" in the USA's second game of the year, a 2-0 win over Panama at StubHub Center in February. Johannsson grabbed the MNT's second goal in the 3-2 loss to Denmark in the team's first European trip of the year. And, Shea has recorded a pair, including a stunning free kick in the USA’s 1-1 draw against No. 12-ranked Switzerland.
- William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
- Brad Evans started at right back in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Bradley, Jones and Johnson were also on the field that day.
- Ventura Alvarado has appeared in three straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
- John Brooks and Michael Orozco have been paired four times in central defense since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Sitting on 50 caps, Jermaine Jones is fit for international duty for the first time since Feb. 8 and the USA’s 2-0 win against Panama.
- Kyle Beckerman started in the victory against Mexico in April before departing in the 69th minute with a thigh contusion.
- Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
CAREER STATS GP/GS MIN G A Pts Y R W-L-T
2008 1/1 90 0 0 0 0 0 0-1-0
2011 3/3 225 0 1 1 0 0 1-1-1
2012 1/0 14 1 0 2 0 0 1-0-0
2013 6/5 466 2 0 4 0 0 5-1-0
2014 2/2 106 0 0 0 1 0 1-0-1
5-Year Totals 13/11 901 3 1 7 1 0 8-3-2
Michael Orozco Fiscal busiest year of international duty for the U.S. MNT included significant contribution toward the USA's 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship run and a portion of the team's Hexagonal finish. During the latter, the center back scored a goal as the USA earned a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off its first-place finish in World Cup Qualifying.
- Has appeared and started in two games for the U.S. in 2014
- Contributed the USA's first goal during a 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to eliminate host Panama from World Cup qualification while helping the U.S. cap off its first-place finish in the Hexagonal
- Scored the game-winning goal to lead the U.S. to a historic 1-0 victory against Mexico on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca. It marked the USA's first win on Mexico's home soil
- Started five games for the U.S. in 2013, a career high
- Scored his first goal for the USA during a historic 1-0 win at Mexico's Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15, 2012.
- Made his debut with the Men’s National Team on Oct. 15, 2008, in the 2-1 loss against Trinidad & Tobago
- Named to the U.S. team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, starting all three games
- Performance in Olympic Qualifying led to inclusion in the Best XI of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification All-Tournament Team
- Joined San Luis in La Primera División de México in 2006
Date of Birth
Feb 7, 1986