But the usa fought back during the second half, getting the equalizer in the 55th minute on a Michael Bradley one-touch goal that was set up by fellow midfielder Alejandro Bedoya. But make no mistake.
The United States looked a different proposition after half-time however, with the introduction of Clint Dempsey from the substitute’s bench instantly providing the USA with a sharper cutting edge. Was he being ushered toward slowly the door? Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup. The Americans scuffled to a 2-1 victory over Honduras and needed a big play from Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey for a 1-0 victory over Haiti. However, 65,000 would be a great draw, and we anticipate we will definitely get there. He shouldn’t ever be considered a starting option, but Gordon’s more of an aerial threat than Wondolowski, and he’s much better at elbowing people in the face. If the first had been ponderous and predictable, like a one-sided game of checkers, the second looked more like a track meet.
U.S. made nine changes to the team that only edged past Haiti, with Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Ventura Alvarado, Timothy Chandler, Kyle Beckerman and Gyasi Zardes all returning.
The latter three had a few rough moments against Los Catrachos, leaving Klinsmann to come to their defense.
The general assumption of Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup prior to the game was that it would be feature multiple players with a chance to prove their worth to the American side. He, like Howard previously, has made the goalie position the least of Klinsmann’s worries, exactly what his job is.
Tonight he started the same back-line he had in the tournament opener, but rested in the last match. Finally, on the brink of halftime, Bedoya was plainly brought down by Harold Cummings on a breakaway just outside the box.
Panama – needing a win to secure a quarterfinals berth – dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead on a Blas Perez goal after the half-hour mark. The hosts’ difficulty with possession, especially in the first half, started there.
The Americans concluded the first round Monday with a 1-1 draw against Panama at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
If not, the US will once again crippled Panama’s hopes.
“It’s just motivation. Seeing every country step up and play better games”.
If anything, the competition might be becoming something of a victim of the growth in US soccer culture.
“It’s always tricky when you have one team who’s advanced, won the group, and another team playing for everything”, Bradley told Fox following the game.
However, on Monday both teams entered the final match needing a result to qualify to the quarterfinals. Dempsey’s chemistry with Bradley will also help calm down the eager young forwards in front of them. This is the move that would improve the team that most.
Defender Greg Garza was added to the Americans’ 23-man Gold Cup roster in place of Brad Davis, who injured a knee. Neither did midfielder Graham Zusi, who also had suffered a knock.
“By comparison to 2013, ticket sales are running ahead for this year’s Gold Cup“, Hasseltine wrote.
The USA had a couple of its own chances down the stretch, but Klinsmann’s team appeared content with a draw. Perhaps that means shaking up the roster with some of the six changes he’s allowed to make by Tuesday night.