Panama Vs Usa
June 23, 2011 by staff
Panama Vs Usa, U.S. national men’s team coach Bob Bradley took all the cards in a strange night in the Lone Star State. In the end, it looked like a genius. After being frustrated by a disciplined team of Panama, Bradley inserted Landon Donovan and Freddy Adu in the second half and both players saw a Clint Dempsey goal to lift the U.S. to a 1-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday at Reliant Stadium.
“Panama did a good job of keeping things tight,” said Bradley. “Now, you have to find ways to win the game.” The Americans, who suffered an embarrassing defeat Panama in the group stage advance to the final of the Gold Cup for the fourth consecutive time and will play rival Mexico next week in Pasadena, California
The U.S. territory controlled from the beginning, but their only real scoring opportunity in the first half came on 25 minutes when Steve Cherundolo crossed a good ball Juan Agudelo, who directed him in the post. He had only three shots in the first 45 minutes.
Bradley was then decided to make changes.
Donovan, who came off the bench for the second straight game, came after halftime Sacha Kljestan. Adu, who was once considered the savior of U.S. soccer made its first appearance in the national team in two years, when he came on 66 minutes to Agudelo.
It only took 10 minutes before the two midfielders made a big difference.
Dempsey scored his third goal of the tournament on 77 minutes after a beautiful ball movement. The Adu 22 years of age, Donovan found a scratch on the right side of the field and the LA Galaxy star took the ball in the box before serving a lunging Dempsey at the far post.
“It was a great ball from Freddy to open a path and after Landon gets into those positions, he always finds a player,” said Dempsey. “I was trying to put myself in a position to meet and I felt very post was the way forward.”
Panama had all their chances in the second half but could not capitalize.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard recorded a clean sheet after the third consecutive year to hit some clutch saves in the final minutes. In 69 minutes, Armando Cooper downloads a rocket a few feet away, but Howard was diverted over the crossbar.
The ultimate goals were allowed Howard to Panama, which defeated the Stars and Stripes 2-1 in Tampa in his second game of the tournament. U.S. was to exclude Guadeloupe and Jamaica before advancing to the semifinals.
“By entering these tournaments, which grow along the way,” said Bradley. “Of course they grow when you lose and look at certain things, but I think that’s important. The first round is always on the promotion and use of the different games to find out where you are.”
After enjoying success with the 4-2-3-1 formations against Jamaica, Bradley uses almost the same lineup against Panama. The only change made from the beginning, as Agudelo replaced the injured Jozy Altidore as a lone striker of the team.
Altidore suffered a thigh injury in the quarterfinals and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. I was having a solid tournament, recording two goals and an assist in three-team group stage.
For the second straight game, Bradley decided to use Donovan on the bench. The top scorer of all time U.S. had initially lost his starting position before the match in Jamaica due to lack of sleep after attending his sister’s California wedding the day before.
“We talked as a team and felt we had a good game against Jamaica and it made sense to build on that,” Bradley said of his decision to bench Donovan. “In that situation, the team felt good about what took place, it was a good way of doing things.
“Landon has had a great attitude about what is best for the team. It is a great thing to know that when you bring in the field can make a special move, as it did with the target.”
Panama was not without doubt the most dangerous player Blaz Perez; Luis Tejada with the American defenders caused several problems in the previous session. Perez was suspended after receiving a red card against El Salvador.
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