United States move clear of CONCACAF qualifiers with 2-0 victory over Panama
United States scored goals in each half through Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson to grab a 2-0 home victory over Panama in Seattle. This victory also allowed United States to advance from the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stage.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann was tactically brilliantly once again. The German boss took advantage of superior midfield to acquire lion’s share of the ball possession. This ultimately allowed United States to come up with more attacks and have a greater number of shots on goal.
The defenders picked up a clean-sheet as well. Sturdy defense and Jurgen Klinsmann’s no-nonsense philosophy kept Panama’s attacks at bay.
Jozy Altidore picked up a comfortable goal in the 35th minute after being picked out by Fabian Johnson. Eddie Johnson doubled the lead soon after the interval with a goal in the 53rd minute. United States midfielder Geoff Cameron set him up for this one.
United States has no moved two points above Costa Rica in the standings. On the other hand, Panama dropped to the fifth spot on the table.
Costa Rica managed to grab a point from a goalless draw with Mexico. Costa Rica has impressed their fans this year. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Mexico, who have been unable to show any kind of promise for good results.
Mexico’s coach Jose Manuel de la Torre is under a lot scrutiny and is expected to be sacked soon. Jose Manuel de la Torre’s side has recorded five draws in six matches and has gone three games without a goal.
“This is all my fault. If the players' form here is not the same as in their club teams, it is my fault, not theirs,” Jose Manuel de la Torre said after the last game. “But I am not thinking of quitting because every day I wake up wilful to win everything.
“I can make changes in the next squad nomination. I have two months left to think about it.”
In the third CONCACAF game of the day, Honduras acquired fourth spot following a 2-0 win over victory-less Jamaica. Oscar Boniek Garcia drew first blood in the 10th minute and Roger Rojas sealed the victory two minutes from the injury time.