U.S. earn hard-fought draw vs. Panama

U.S. earn hard-fought draw vs. Panama

Regardless of individual performances, the Panama match should gauge whether this USA team has really turned the corner in the Hexagonal. Jones' most profound effect on the game came on Clint Dempsey's opener when the Galaxy midfielder launched a pass down the flank that was ultimately collected by Christian Pulisic who found Dempsey for the first goal of the game. Jorge Villafaña started at left back in the place of the usual starter, Johnson, and Omar Gonzalez returned to the starting lineup to partner with John Brooks in the center of the United States defense.

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard thwarted Luis Tejada with a between-the-legs stop in the 59th minute, at age 38 providing another top effort. That said, Panama has also only scored one goal in the three qualifying matches.

Four years later, Panama are again eyeing an underdog run to the World Cup.

With that level of familiarity, the smaller countries like Panama, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago are no longer scared or mystified of the United States team like they may have been in the past. "Stars and Stripes" team lost two matches in a row, having lost at home to Mexico (1: 2) and devastating losing 0: 4 in visiting Costa Rica.

Since that match, Panama has not conceded a goal at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. "Unfortunately, there were quite a few injuries going into this camp so now here we are with some younger guys, including myself", said Arriola, who traveled to San Diego from Tijuana to make the trip to Panama with the team.

The result leaves the United States of America with just one win from their four qualifiers as they sit one spot behind third-placed Panama.

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Bruce Arena has been magic for the U.S. National Team. First, the Yanks will be facing Los Canaleros at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, which has proven to be a very hard place to secure a victory for opposing teams.

Speaking from the southernmost Central American country, many American players seemed to be upbeat-even while acknowledging that the team has plenty to do to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. If we have six points [from two matches], then we can talk. You'd expect a roster stocked with MLS vets not to concede on a long throw in, and yet here we are.

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez made three changes from Friday's 1-0 loss at Trinidad and Tobago, starting midfielder Gabriel Gomez and forwards Gabriel Torres and Luis Tejada in place of Edgar Barcenas, Alberto Quintero and Amilcar Henriquez. He sent home four players from the camp: Sebastian Lletget, Jordan Morris, John Brooks and Michael Orozco. "(HERE WE ARE RESPECTED!)" Another banner, in Russian, fluttered atop the stadium and appeared to say: "Our dream.to go to the championship".

Arena said he will make a number of changes to the lineup he used last week.

Notes: Mexico beat Trinidad on Diego Reyes' 58th-minute goal. Antony Lozano put host Honduras ahead in the 35th and Kendall Waston got the Ticos' goal in the 68th.

The visitors had the better of the second half, with Hector Herrera hitting the post with a curling 20-yard shot, before defender Reyes powered home a header from a corner in the 58th minute. Defender Geoff Cameron was out with a muscle strain.