United States move clear of CONCACAF qualifiers with 2-0 victory over Panama

6/12/13 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

Blog Photo - United States move clear 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. 
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6/13/13   |   Scott   |   51931 respect

The US soccer team is that much more dangerous when Jozy Altidore is playing like he has the last 3 matches.  Throw in Dempsey and this squad has two legit scorers that other countries have to keep tabs on at all times

6/12/13   |   Kegger   |   13 respect

Game was great.  With the exception of Evans, the team looked great.  Evans struggled too much with that speedy winger, and Panama's best chances came pushing the left side (attacking).  Michael Bradley looked amazing, and dominated the central midfield.  Up front, Dempsey seemed to allow his problems with the perceived lack of calls to affect his game a bit.  Jozy though looked very strong, and gives us fans hope that we may finally have an elite striker that can affect the game up front.