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U.S. MNT Faces Panama to Cap off World Cup Qualifying in Panama City

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama
Oct. 15, 2013

WITH FIRST PLACE SECURE, USA STILL HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Having completed its home schedule with a 2-0 win against Jamaica that sealed first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the third consecutive cycle, the United States now stands with the opportunity to match the best performance in the Final Round in team history when it faces Panama on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Panama City. Kickoff at Estadio Rommel Fernandez is set for 9:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow live on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

For Panama, the implications are much bigger. Sitting in fifth place and three points behind Mexico, Panama must beat the United States in order to have a chance to finish in fourth place to advance to the Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand. A victory combined with a Mexico loss to Costa Rica would virtually guarantee passage.

HEXAGONAL PICTURE: In the other results from last Friday, second-place Costa Rica (4-2-3, 15 points) lost to Honduras (4-3-2, 14 points) 1-0, assuring Honduras of finishing no worse than fourth place which would require an Intercontinental Playoff against Oceania’s New Zealand. Mexico garnered a much-needed 2-1 victory against Panama at Estadio Azteca. Raul Jimenez’s dramatic bicycle kick in the 85th minute was the game-winner as Mexico moved to 2-2-5 (11 points) and sits in fourth place in the standings.

Only two of CONCACAF’s three automatic berths to the 2014 FIFA World Cup are secure (U.S. and Costa Rica), as Honduras travels to face Jamaica holding onto third place with 14 points. A draw would be enough for the Hondurans to book passage; a defeat along with a Mexico victory would leave them level on points and going to the tiebreakers to determine the outcome.

All three of the final matches of the group will kick off simultaneously.

After going a perfect 5-0-0 at home with eight goals scored and zero surrendered, the U.S. sits in first place in the group with 19 points (6-2-1 overall). A win against Panama would earn the U.S. a total of 22 points from the final phase, equaling the mark set by the squad in the 2005 cycle.

With only four more international fixture dates between now and the start of World Cup training camp next May, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is using these games as the start of preparation for Brazil. Competition for spots on the 23-man World Cup roster remains fierce, and good performances in qualifiers can translate into future opportunities for the players here in Panama City.




















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Oct. 11
USA 2, Jamaica 0
Honduras 1, Costa Rica 0
Mexico 2, Panama 1

Oct. 15
Panama v. USA 9:30 p.m. ET
Costa Rica v. Mexico 9:30 p.m. ET
Jamaica v. Honduras 9:30 p.m. ET

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  • Jurgen Klinsmann made several changes to the U.S. roster from the game against Jamaica. Landon Donovan (ankle) and Jermaine Jones (knee) were released for injury concerns, while Matt Besler and Tim Howard made way Sean Johnson as part of a planned rotation for playing time.
  • With Friday’s 2-0 victory against Jamaica, the U.S. MNT improved to 26-9-6 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Those 26 wins tie him for fourth all-time with Steve Sampson (26-22-14 from 1995-98).
  • DaMarcus Beasley will serve as team captain Tuesday night, a role he filled during the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. With his start against Jamaica, he tied Claudio Reyna for fifth on the all-time caps list by playing in his 112th game. Beasley leads this year’s team with 15 starts, and he is tied for the team lead with Eddie Johnson with 15 appearances.
  • Jozy Altidore has scored four goals in the Final Round of qualifying, including two game-winners back-to-back against Panama and Honduras.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record. Goalkeeper Tim Howard earned his 33rd-career shutout and 52nd-career win against Jamaica last Friday, and he is now only one victory shy of Kasey Keller’s U.S. MNT record of 53 wins.
  • Graham Zusi, who scored the game-winner against Jamaica in front his home crowd at Sporting Park, also scored the winning goal when the U.S. defeated Panama in a 1-0 shutout on Jan. 25, 2012, in Panama City. The goal was Zusi’s first in international competition, and came during his second appearance for the MNT.
  • Geoff Cameron has 13 appearances in this World Cup Qualifying cycle, trailing only Clint Dempsey (14 games, 14 starts) and tied with Howard (13 games, 13 starts).
  • This is the third meeting between the USA and Panama this year. Altidore and Eddie Johnson tallied to give the U.S. a 2-0 win in qualifying on June 11 in Seattle. Then, Brek Shea scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory in the final of the Gold Cup.
  • The U.S. MNT is currently 15-3-2 on the year. The 15 victories are a record for a calendar year, topping the previous mark of 13 wins in 2005 and 2009.
  • The U.S. will finish 2013 on a 12-game home winning streak, a record run that began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The USA’s previous record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009.

YELLOW CARD SITUATION: While four U.S. players are carrying yellow cards from previous games, a single yellow card in the final match would not incur an automatic suspension for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Essentially, all previous single yellow cards during the cycle have been wiped out. However, any player who receives either a straight red card or two yellow cards against Panama would be suspended for at least the first game of the World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV


Jan. 29


0-0 T


BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6


1-2 L


Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

1-0 W


Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

March 26


0-0 T


Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

May 29


2-4 L

Cameron, Dempsey

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

June 2


4-3 W

Altidore, Dempsey (2), own goal

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7


2-1 W

Altidore, Evans

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11


2-0 W

Altidore, E. Johnson

CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.

June 18


1-0 W


Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 5


6-0 W

Gomez, Donovan (2), Wondolowski, Goodson, Bedoya

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

July 9


6-1 W

Wondolowski (3), Holden, Bedoya, Donovan

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13


4-1 W

Donovan, Corona, Wondolowski (2)

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

1-0 W


Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

July 21

July 24

July 28

Aug. 14

Sept. 6

El Salvador^




Costa Rica*

5-1 W

3-1 W

1-0 W

4-3 W

1-3 L

Goodson, Corona, Johnson, Donovan, Diskerud

Johnson, Donovan (2)


E. Johnson, Altidore (3)

Dempsey (penalty)

M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Md.

Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

Soldier Field; Chicago

Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium; Sarajevo

Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica

Sept. 10


2-0 W

E. Johnson, Donovan

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11


2-0 W

Zusi, Altidore

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15


9:30 p.m.


Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

Nov. 15


3 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

Nov. 19



NBC Sports Network

Ernst-Happel Stadium; Vienna, Austria

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup


  • Jozy Altidore has eight goals this year, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five consecutive games, and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina he became the third player to score two hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar.
  • Altidore and Donovan share the team lead with eight goals in 2013.
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who captained the team in the Gold Cup, will be the captain for Tuesday’s game against Panama. Beasley leads the U.S. MNT with 15 starts this year, and he and Eddie Johnson are tied for the team lead with 15 appearances overall in 2013.
  • Alejandro Bedoya assisted Graham Zusi’s game-winning tally against Jamaica and leads the team with four assists in 2013. Bedoya, who recently transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France, got on the score sheet for the first time in his international career when he scored a goal in the 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Defender Geoff Cameron leads this current U.S. MNT roster with 993 minutes and 13 games played during FIFA World Cup Qualifying in this cycle. Cameron trails only Clint Dempsey (14 games, 1,259 minutes) and Tim Howard (13 games, 1,170 minutes), who are not available for this final qualifier.
  • Brad Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second minute of second-half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back for the past six games in which he was available, including four World Cup Qualifiers.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 10 goals in all competitions this season, including five in league play. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
  • Guzan was voted the 2013 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
  • Terrence Boyd has five goals in seven league games for Rapid Vienna in this campaign.


  • The United States holds a 10-1-2 lifetime record against Panama, including a 2-0-1 record on Panamanian soil.
  • A total of 12 of the 13 meetings between the two teams have come in either the CONCACAF Gold Cup or FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • The teams last met in the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where a goal from Brek Shea in the 69th minute lifted the USA to a 1-0 win. This was the USA’s second victory in a Gold Cup final against Panama, following the penalty-kick shootout win in the 2005 edition in which Brad Davis struck the game-winner.
  • In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the Semifinal and Final Rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
  • Panama’s lone victory in the series came in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 11 in Tampa, Fla. The defeat remains the only U.S. loss ever in the group phase of the tournament dating back to 1991.
  • Brad Evans came on as a reserve when the U.S. defeated Panama 2-1 in overtime of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 18, 2009, in Philadelphia. In that tournament, Evans made his first appearance as a right back.
  • Two of the games in Panama came during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the semifinal phase, the teams dueled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 9, 2004, after Cobi Jones knocked in the tying goal in the 92nd minute. They squared off again in the final round on June 8, 2005, when the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 victory behind goals from Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan and Brian McBride.


  • Jozy Altidore scored his 21st international goal during the USA’s 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 11, moving into a tie with Bruce Murray for sixth on the all-time MNT scoring list.
  • DaMarcus Beasley tied for fifth all-time on the U.S. MNT list with Claudio Reyna in appearances on Oct. 11. Reyna had 112 caps from 1994-2006, and Beasley has suited up for the MNT since 2001.
  • The U.S. MNT’s victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11 brought the team record to 15-3-2 in 2013. The previous wins record was 13 set in 2005 and 2009.
  • The U.S. Men established a record consecutive wins streak in U.S.-based games following the Sept. 10 victory against Mexico in Columbus. After the Oct. 10 victory against Jamaica, the USA now has 12 straight wins at home. The previous U.S. MNT record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009. The current home winning streak began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. MNT currently holds a record plus-28 goal differential in 2013. The USA has outscored its opponents 48-20 this year, ranking ahead of the USA’s 2000 campaign when the squad outscored its opponents 34-11 (plus-23 goal differential).
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann moved into a tie with Steve Sampson for fourth on the all-time victories list with 26 following the Oct. 11 win against Jamaica. Bruce Arena holds the record with 71 wins from 1998-2006, followed by Bob Bradley (43 wins, 2007-11), Bora Milutinovic (30 wins, 1991-95) and Sampson (26 wins, 1995-98).
  • Following the win against Germany on June 2, the U.S. is now 2-1-1 under Klinsmann against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world.
  • With the win against El Salvador on July 21, the MNT collected double-digits in victories in a single year for the eighth time in team history.

0: Goals given up at home by the U.S. in the Final Round of Qualifying
0: Number of U.S. losses against Panama on away soil
15: Wins for the U.S. in 2013, a record for a calendar year
26: U.S. MNT wins under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann





JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. The former World Cup and European Champion has been at the helm for two years. Here is a look at the program’s achievements so far:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 26-9-6 record.
  • He has won a record-setting 12 straight games at home.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2012 with a 9-2-3 record, good for a .750 winning percentage and equaling the best ever winning percentage to date.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann the United States has a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying.
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Current FIFA Ranking: 35
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Second Place (2005, 2013)
Caps Leader: Ricardo Phillips (110)
Top Scorer: Luis Tapia (27)


  • Panama heads into the final game of the Hexagonal needing a victory to potentially qualify for an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for the right to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Panama is fifth in the standings at 1-3-5 (8 points). The lone victory was a 2-0 win against Honduras on March 26 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Luis Tejada scored in the second minute of that match for the winner and Blas Perez provided a cushion with a 74th-minute tally.
  • Tejada scored his second goal of the Final Round of qualifying to tie the score at 1-1 against Mexico on Friday, Oct. 11, before Mexico’s Raul Jimenez scored the dramatic bicycle kick game-winner four minutes later.
  • Along with Tejada’s two goals in this round, Luis Henriquez is Panama’s only other multi-goal performer. Henriquez scored the opening goal of Panama’s 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on Feb. 6 and a second-half equalizer en route to a 1-1 road draw against Jamaica on March 22.
  • Panama’s last international victory came in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a 2-1 win against Mexico on July 24 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Roman Torres scored the game-winning header in the 61st minute to lead Panama to the final, where it lost 1-0 to the USA on July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • Gabriel Torres, along with the USA’s Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski, were the leading goal scorers of the Gold Cup with five goals apiece.

On the field for USA:
Oct. 11, 2013 – Sporting Park – Kansas City, Kan. – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

USA         2   Graham Zusi 77, Jozy Altidore 81
Jamaica   0

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 66); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 8-Mix Diskerud, 13-Jermaine Jones, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Graham Zusi, 46); 9-Aron Johannsson (16-Sacha Kljestan, 72), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Terrence Boyd, 23-Kyle Beckerman
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 1-DuWayne Kerr; 12-Demar Phillips, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 7-Westley Morgan, 3-Lloyd Doyley; 11-Darren Mattocks , 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 15-Je-Vaughn Watson (14-Theo Robinson, 73), 22-Deshorn Brown; 10-Joel McAnuff, 9-Ryan Johnson (21-Jermain Anderson, 85)
Subs Not Used: 2- Daniel Gordon, 4-Marvin Ellitott, 5-Alvas Powell, 6-Romario Campbell, 8-Jermaine Johnson, 13-Richard McCallum, 16-Jermaine Taylor, 18-Shaun Cummings, 20-Kemar Lawrence, 23-Gariece McPherson
Head coach: Winfried Schaefer

On the field for Panama:
Oct. 11, 2013 – Estadio Azteca – Mexico City – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round

Mexico    2   Oribe Peralta 40, Raul Jimenez 85
Panama  1   Luis Tejada 81

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 2-Hugo Ayala, 4-Rafael Marquez, 8-Miguel Layun, 10-Giovani Dos Santos (5-Fernando Arce, 76), 11-Javier Aquino (7-Christian Gimenez, 64), 14-Javier Hernandez, 17-Jesus Zavala (22-Raul Jimenez, 83), 18-Carlos Pena, 19-Oribe Peralta, 20-Jorge Torres
Subs Not Used: 3-Carlos Salcido, 6-Gerardo Torrado, 9-Aldo de Nigris, 12-Jose Corona, 13-Severo Meza, 15-Isaac Brizuela, 16-Lucas Lobos, 21-Hiram Mier, 23-Alfredo Talavera
Head Coach: Victor Manuel Vucetich

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 3-Harold Cummings, 5-Roman Torres, 6-Gabriel Gomez (18-Luis Tejada, 67), 7-Blas Perez (9-Gabriel Torres, 78), 8-Marcos Sanchez (22-Jairo Jimenez, 75), Luis Henriquez, 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 21-Amilcar Henriquez, 23-Felipe Baloy
Subs Not Used: 2-Roberto Chen, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 10-Eybir Bonaga, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Eduardo Dasent,14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 16-Rolando Blackburn
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes

Vs. Panama:
July 28, 2013 – Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill. – 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Final

USA         1   Brek Shea 69
Panama   0

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 25-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 23); 20-Alejandro Bedoya (24-Omar Gonzalez, 89), 10-Landon Donovan, 6-Joe Corona (23-Brek Shea, 68); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Will Bruin, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 6-Gabriel Gomez (16-Rolando Blackburn, 74), 7-Blas Perez, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 9-Gabriel Torres (18-Jairo Jimenez, 65), 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 23-Roberto Chen
Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonagas, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Jean Carlos Cedeno, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 17-Roderick Miller, 21-Richard Dixon
Head Coach: Julio Valdez