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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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- 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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#USAvPAN: Post Game Quotes

Postgame Quote Sheet
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup Group Stage

July 13, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

On the match:
“I think it was a very intense match and I think that for the fact that it was the third match in six days, it was actually very good quality you saw from both sides. I think Panama was a little bit stronger in the first half, and we came out at halftime and pretty much controlled the second half.  I think it’s a fair result and we finish off the group with seven points and first place and moving on. It’s been a very difficult group, which is what we always said. When the groups were given to us, we said ‘Wow, having Honduras, Panama and then a huge surprise to some people in Haiti,’ there’s a lot of quality in this group and we’re top of it. To both teams, a huge compliment with how the game played out today. Do we want to win the game? Yes, but I think it’s a fair result.”

On the play of the center backs:
“I think it was very difficult for them. The early yellow card on John Brooks wasn’t easy to handle for him. You get a yellow card in the first half and know you’re out the next game and you still have a long time to play the game. The longer the game went on, the more the personality developed and they became stronger. This is the growing path you want to see from these young center backs. Overall it was a game that went back and forth – both teams could have won it with opportunities, but overall it was fine.”

On where the team needs to improve:
“I think we’re just getting our feet into the tournament. The tournament pretty much starts now at the knockout stage. To go through this group and make sure you have seven points at the end of the day is a lot of work. What the players went through under those conditions, and all the teams obviously, is a lot of work. They did it strongly, they gave everything they had, all four teams and it’s been a tough round. Now it’s really getting to the serious stuff. The knockout stage is what a tournament is all about. It’s a process we’re in. We can improve still a lot absolutely, and that’s what we’re working on.”

“You can take the game apart and see that here and there that we don’t have the passing rhythm yet that we wish to have. When things get a bit difficult, we make easy mistakes and give some turnovers away. There’s always something that you see that you want to see differently. Overall, the attitude is tremendous, the spirit in the group is good and they all know we’re going to grow from game to game and that’s what the tournament is all about. I’m pretty happy with where we’re at right now, but I know the next one will be more difficult.”

On whether Graham Zusi would have been able to play:
“He would have been able, but we didn’t want to risk him.”

On what John Brooks suspension means for the next game:
“I think that was the good thing about rotating the group throughout the first three games because we wanted to get everybody into this tournament with minutes, like Alejandro Bedoya and Alfredo Morales today. We needed to see where they were. When you have those situations with two yellows and suspended for the next game, you know you’ve played Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez already. They’re ready to jump in and it’s not a big deal. This was definitely an advantage in the group phase that we could already have everybody in the tournament and we don’t have a drop between the starters and the guys on the bench. I hope this will give us an advantage going forward.”

On his thoughts on the backline:
“It’s important for every player that he needs to give everything he has to stay on the field. The inner group atmosphere is about competition. We want to see them grow and take things in their own hands. That’s kind of what’s happening now, they can kind of get the message that you’re not safe, we have others that can come in if it’s a second yellow card or another issue. We were lucky in the way that we could rotate and have everyone be involved now. Going forward we believe in everyone that starts a game, no matter if he’s young or old. It’s about the quality they bring and what they deliver at the end of the day. The only way for younger players to mature, grow stronger and get better is to grow into these games and have that experience. I think both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks grew with every minute. There were some situations where they were shaky in the first half, but in the second half they cleaned it up. They were absolutely on top of things. This is a process in a tournament that never finishes with the same group that starts the tournament. We’re open to everything, but we also believe in anyone that steps on the field.”

On Alejandro Bedoya’s first game back from injury:
“I think Ale played a very good first game coming off a long break. We were very patient with his build up, we observed it day in and day out and waited until today to give it a go. After 60-65 minutes, he was pretty much done and that’s okay. You see his quality, his capability to keep the ball, to shield it and make runs and surprise the opponent. Overall his game was very positive for the fact that he hasn’t played in quite some time. We keep him building, give him a bit of a rest tomorrow and keep building him going forward.”

On roster plans for the next round:
“I have some ideas, but I have 24 hours. The coaches will sit down back at the hotel and go through the entire roster, go through every situation we want to discuss and tomorrow morning give you our reinforcements.”

MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY

On the goal and the team’s performance:
“Clint slipped a little ball out to Alejandro and he was able to play a great ball across. I was able to move from the second line and get on the end of it. It was a good team goal for us and obviously we were disappointed with the way the first half played out, but it’s all part of it. We were able to respond in a fairly positive way in the second half and at the end of the day, we’ll take our seven points and first place in the group. We’ll move on and get ready for a do-or-die game on Saturday in Baltimore.”

On the team’s preparations for the quarterfinal:
“At the moment, we recover physically and mentally. Obviously we’ll have a few more days in between games which means we’ll be able to get a little bit of training in. We’ll prepare in the best way for who our opponent is and have a group of guys that will be ready to step on the field and give everything to make sure we get to the semifinal.

On the team winning its Gold Cup group in 12 of 13 tournaments:
“Nothing comes easy in this tournament. It doesn’t matter who is in your group or what team you are. Everything gets thrown out the window pretty quickly. There are no easy games. You have to earn everything you get. We understand that going forward there will be the need to raise our game as the games get more important, but we should still feel good about finishing first in the group and putting ourselves in a good position for the quarterfinal.”

MNT midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA

On getting his first appearance following injury:
“It feels good. It was an awesome crowd and Kansas City has always done well for us. It felt good to get back in the starting lineup, and for me the most important thing was to get my match fitness up. I felt like I wasn’t fully sharp but it definitely was worth it.”

On the game-tying goal:
“We made a nice little combo and Clint Dempsey threw himself at the ball to get it wide to me. I was able to get a touch, lift my head up and see Michael making a run up the middle. I just put it across the goal to him and he was able to slide it home.”

On preparations for the team’s quarterfinal match on Saturday:
“Now we have a couple of days of longer rest than usual. I think it’s important that we recover mentally and physically, as well as look at videos. We all know we need to improve and do better, look at what we could be better and keep moving forward. The knockout round is what really matters.”

 

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Selección Masculina Empata con Panamá y Termina en Cima del Grupo A de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (13 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos empató 1-1 contra Panamá en su último partido del Grupo A en la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015. Fue un gol en el segundo tiempo de Michael Bradley que empató el marcador, dándole un resultado a EE.UU. después de haber caído en el marcador en el primer tiempo.

Panamá pensó haber tomado la ventaja temprano en el primer tiempo, sin embargo el gol de Luis Tejada en el décimo minuto fue anulado por estar en posición adelantada. Fue un gol de Blas Pérez en el minuto 34 que puso adelante a Panamá en el marcador, pero fue una ventaja que no pudo mantener.

EE.UU. termina el grupo con un registro de 2-0-1 y siete puntos. En el primer partido de la tarde, Haití venció a Honduras 1-0 y el país caribeño cerró el Grupo A en segundo lugar con cuatro puntos con un registro de 1-1-1. Panamá se quedó en tercer lugar con 0-0-3 y tres puntos mientras que Honduras terminó con un punto y un registro de 0-2-1.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos inicia la siguiente fase de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 contra el equipo que termine como mejor tercer lugar de los grupos B/C el sábado, 18 de julio, a las 5 p.m. ET en el M&T Bank Stadium en Baltimore, Maryland.
Información de transmisión: FOX, Univisión
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
PAN – Blas Pérez (Luis Tejada), minuto 34: Blas Pérez desde el centro del área le envió un pase al lado derecho del área para Luis Tejada. El delantero controló el balón y se quitó la marca de Ventura Alvarado lo suficiente para recortar el balón al centro del área chica. Allí llegaba Blas Pérez con precisión, enviando de primer toque el balón al fondo de la red de corta distancia. USA 0, PAN 1 (VER GOL). 

USA – Michael Bradley (Alejandro Bedoya), minuto 55: Estados Unidos se metió al área grande en el ataque y un balón fue filtrado para Alejandro Bedoya en el lado izquierdo. Bedoya controló y esperó hasta el momento justo para mantener a Michael Bradley habilitado pero detrás de la defensa de Panamá. Bradley llegó a tiempo para guiar el balón adentro de la portería de primer toque. USA 1, PAN 1 (VER GOL). FINAL.

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:
USA – Brad Guzan y Fabian Johnson, minuto 22: Panamá ejecutó un tiro de esquina del lado izquierdo que Brad Guzan tenía en las manos pero se escurrió en el área. Blas Pérez disparó de muy corta distancia pero Guzan estaba atento para la atajada. El rebote le cayó a Valentín Pimentel, quien no dudó en disparar. Guzan estaba atento pero fue Fabian Johnson quien despejó el intento con el pie.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 75: Panamá no dejó de atacar y Roberto Nurse se deslizó por el lado derecho. Metió un pase hacia el centro para Miguel Camargo quien entraba en el lado derecho del área grande. Camargo intentó de primera pero Brad Guzan reaccionó a tiempo para aventarse y desviar el balón hacia afuera.

Notas adicionales:

  • Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 50-7-7 en partidos de la Copa Oro y 30-1-3 en partidos de grupo.
  • Estados Unidos ha ganado su grupo en 12 de las 13 Copas Oro en las que ha participado.
  • Nueve jugadores diferentes de la nómina han anotado gol para EE.UU. en lo que va del 2015—Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski y Gyasi Zardes.
  • Clint Dempsey lleva tres goles en la Copa Oro 2015 y ocho en Copas Oro, lo cual lo empata con Brian McBride por el tercer lugar en la lista de goleadores del EE.UU. en Copas Oro, después de Eric Wynalda (9) y Landon Donovan (18).
  • Estados Unidos tiene un registro de 12-1-3 contra Panamá, y 5-1-2 en Copas Oro.
  • El portero de Panamá Jaime Penedo es compañero de equipo de Omar González y Gyasi Zardes en el LA Galaxy.
  • Luis Henríquez y Adolfo Machado de Panamá no fueron elegibles para jugar contra EE.UU. debido a una suspensión por acumulación de tarjetas amarillas.
  • Fue el 14vo gol de Michael Bradley en sus 102 partidos con la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos.
  • Bradley es el único jugador que ha jugado todos los minutos de los once partidos que ha disputado la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2015. Gyasi Zardes es el único jugador además de Bradley que ha aparecido en todos los partidos.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos - 

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Panamá
Fecha: 13 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Inicio: 8:30 p.m. CT
Asistencia: 18,467
Clima: 89 grados Fahrenheit; despejado

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F
USA                                        0          1          1
PAN                                        1          0          1

PAN – Blas Pérez (Luis Tejada)                                minuto 34
USA – Michael Bradley (Alejandro Bedoya)             55

Alineaciones:
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
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar González, 10-Mix Diskerud; 14-Greg Garza 15-Tim Ream, 16-Brad Evans, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Valentín Pimentel (14-Miguel Camargo, 62), 5-Román Torres (capt.), 3-Harold Cummings, 15-Erick Davis; 11-Armando Cooper, 6-Gabriel Gómez, 20-Anibal Godoy,  19-Alberto Quintero (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 86); 7-Blas Pérez, 10-Luis Tejada (9-Roberto Nurse, 71)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Luis Mejía, 21-José Calderón; 4-Alredo Stephens, 8-Gabriel Torres, 13-Adolfo Machado, 16-Rolando Blackburn, 17-Luis Henríquez, 18-Darwin Pinzón, 23-Ángel Patrick
Director Técnico: Hernán Darío Gómez

Resumen estadístico: USA / PAN
Tiros: 6 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 3 / 8
Atajadas: 7 / 2
Tiros de Esquina: 2 / 4
Faltas: 14 / 17
Fuera de Lugar: 2 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
USA  - John Brooks (amonestación)              minuto 16
USA – Timmy Chandler (amonestación)       44
PAN – Anibal Godoy (amonestación)           45
USA – Ventura Alvarado (amonestación)      48 

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Roberto García (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Cuarto Oficial: Henry Bejarano (CRC) 

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Jul 13, 2015

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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