USA vs. Panama: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage. The extent of Canadian domination was reflected not only in the two goals but the 12-2 shot advantage in the second period and 17-6 through 40 minutes. Then came the third with Tara Watchorn putting Canada into a 3-0 lead at 4:54. The United States finally broke through during a two-player advantage. Brianna Decker swatted the puck out of the air right in front of Szabados at 11:05. Gigi Marvin brought the pro-USA crowd to full throttle at 14:39 by cutting the lead to 3-2. The U.S. kept up the attack, but the Canadians secured their second consecutive win against the Americans at Gutterson, following up their 5-4 overtime victory in the championship game of the 2012 IIHF women’s world championships. “They finished the game really well with a great third period,” said Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette. “The momentum finished so that’s one thing we want to do better in the next game is make sure we play for 60 minutes.” “We can speak to a great third period. We really got it together, got our feet under us and tried to bring the fire,” said USA forward Meghan Duggan. “We kind of came out a little slow and worked toward it and got momentum going into the third,” said Decker. “That showed a lot of our team. We didn’t give up.
They may get their wish tonight. Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) October 16, 2013 As noted by ESPN’s Roger Bennett, Panama’s fans didn’t care how the win camethey just wanted a win: Panama huddle b4 leaving field at half time. Crowd breaks into emotional YES WE CAN chant. Players stop at tunnel to applaud fans. Stunning roger bennett (@rogbennett) October 16, 2013 Things weren’t looking up for Panama in the middle of the second half, as Mexico equalized with Costa Rica and the United States found one of their own in the form of Orozco. It’s a long match, though, and Tejada worked his magic in the 84th minute to put Panama on the brink. As noted by ESPN’s Jeremy Horton, the goal had a chance to be historic for Panama: Wow…Luis Tejada with a historic (?) goal for Panama. You remember him…he had coffee with RSL a while back. Jeremy Horton (@espn700jeremy) October 16, 2013 At about the same time, Costa Rica took a decisive 2-1 lead over Mexico that it would not relinquish. If Panama could hang on, it would get the honor to face New Zealand in a two-leg playoff with a spot in Brazil on the line. Zusi and Johannsson killed that dream past 90 minutes. Brad Davis found Zusithe hero Friday night for the U.S. against Jamaicafor an equalizer in the second minute of added time, and Johannsson followed suit with a strike off an assist from substitute Terrance Boyd. And thus, rumors of the U.S. trying to oust Mexico by throwing the game away were greatly exaggerated. As noted by Football Shirts on Twitter, El Tri owes the U.S.
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Women’s National Team announced it will play a match Nov. 10 against rival Brazil at the Florida Citrus Bowl. (Chuck Myers, MCT / September 3, 2013) By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel 6:55 p.m. CDT, October 15, 2013 Soccer continues its efforts to become the talk of the town or at least having a say in the conversation. It was the U.S. Women’s National Team’s turn to spread the gospel of futbol on Tuesday in Orlando, formally announcing its match Nov. 10 against rival Brazil at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game will be carried live on NBC. The match between No. 1-ranked Team USA and No. 4 Brazil is the first meeting between the countries in the United States since 2008. The USA won, 1-0, in San Diego. USA coach Tom Sermanni said he expects the game against Brazil to be “very competitive and dramatic,” and “a fantastic way to finish the year off.” The Americans are led by forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan and goalie Hope Solo. Sermanni said Solo has fully recovered from wrist surgery and expects to be at full strength. The women’s team will train for three days before the event in Orlando, but a practice site has not been chosen.
Team USA, Brazil meet Nov. 10 in Orlando
And they have major commitments to their club teams, who sign their paychecks. Lets remember that these players are playing basically for free tonight. Lets just hope that the air traffic controllers who are working for free during the government shutdown are doing a better job. 32 – Maybe that laid-back Jamaican attitude is rubbing off on the US players. Or maybe they listened to Bob Marley and partook in some mood-enhancement medicine (were only one state over from Colorado!) before the match. Because our guys are moving pretty slowly. 37 – A terrible call gives Jamaica a dangerous free kick. The USA players are going to want to defend this well, because if Jamaica score then well have to start trying. 45 – Evans is down possibly from boredom? Half time: 0-0. Well, we wanted this match to be meaningless, and it is. This is still better than needing a result; Im sure Mexico would rather have a leisurely run-out than their nail-biting, sphincter-clenching match with Panama. 46 – Zusi comes in for Donovan. Donovan was underwhelming in the first half, but so was everyone else. I think Klinsmann pulled Donovan to show everyone that they have to perform.
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No, it wasn’t a pretty performance, and for long stretches the Americans played badly. That doesn’t change the fact that, with the match on the line and defeat staring them in the face, a group of Americans fighting to make the U.S. World Cup team came together to pull off a comeback. It isn’t the first time the U.S. has won on the road in qualifying, but it is experiences like Tuesday’s when Klinsmann can see his players respond to adversity, that matter and will help mold the full U.S. World Cup team. We saw Brad Davis put his stamp on the match with a pair of assists. We saw Graham Zusi follow up his strong showing against Jamaica with a Mexico-saving header that likely earned him hero status south of the border. We also saw Aron Johannsson score the first of what should be many goals in a U.S. uniform. There is a reason that, by the time the Americans took the field in Panama City, the U.S. lineup was missing nine starters. Klinsmann wanted to see new faces, and test them in adverse conditions.