USMNT vs. Panama: SBI Live Match Commentary



SEATTLE- The U.S. Men’s National Team is back home for World Cup qualifying tonight at CenturyLink Field as they take on Panama in their second of three CONCACAF HEX qualifiers in June (10:30pm, ESPN).

The U.S. come in riding a three-match qualifying unbeaten streak, and they are currently tied for the most points in the HEX with seven (tied with Costa Rica). A win tonight would help the U.S. hold at least a share of the lead in the standings at the mid-way point of the qualifying round.

Panama has its own aspirations of a top spot in the standings, and an upset win against the U.S. would help the Canaleros catapult past the U.S. in the standings.

More than 40,000 fans are expected to fill CenturyLink Field for tonight’s match, with heavy pro-Seattle Sounders crowd expected to be in full voice as two Sounders (Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans) make starts for the U.S. tonight.

Johnson and Geoff Cameron have been deputized into starting roles tonight in place of Jermaine Jones (concussion) and Graham Zusi (yellow card suspension).

In case you missed it earlier, be sure to read the SBI Preview on tonight’s USA-Panama match.

If you will be watching tonight’s match, please feel free to join us here as SBI chronicles all the action. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI Live Match Commentary is after the jump):

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217 Responses to USMNT vs. Panama: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. TomG says:


  2. TomG says:

    JK getting more steady and predictable with his lineups of late. Seems to have more confidence in his guys. Less tricks, more running out your best guys and making the enemy match YOU. I like it.

  3. David M says:

    Don’t like this lineup at all. No wing threat. It might be a long and frustrating night.

    • Francois says:

      How is Fabian Johnson not a wing threat? Just because he wasn’t good against Jamaica? You must not watch him much, he is our best offensive threat outside of Clint,Jozy, and Landon.

    • Rick says:

      Hey, Johnson, nice cross to Altidore!

      Hey, David, how’s that crow taste?


  4. JJ says:

    There’s a Johnson on each wing…

  5. Andrew In Tally says:

    I hope can score early and often. Tired of those 1-0 scorelines. We need to be aggressive after the first goal. By the way, i was looking at 2010 highlights, does anyone remember how often the USMNT gave up early goals. Whatever can be said for JK’s team we don’t usually concede early. That’s progress.

    • TomG says:

      Not sure about that since we now concede late goals instead of early ones.

    • David M says:

      We’re not playing top quality opponents, unlike 2010.

      • wfrw07 says:

        Look at the Hex games in 2009. Ton of games giving up early goals. Wasn’t just the World Cup.

    • R U ManU? says:

      +1 I am sooooo thankful the early goal giveaway has faded from USMNT history. That has nearly given me a cardiac arrest on more than one occasion.

  6. HoboMike says:

    Stay classy, Mexican fans.

  7. Old School says:

    Mexico throwing objects and hitting Brian Ruiz.

    Absolutely despicable.

    • TomG says:

      Stay classy Mexico.

    • TomG says:

      Mexican fans make Liverpool supporters look cla$$y. That’s quite a feat.

      • Citronomics says:

        Never been called cla$$y before. Thanks guy!


        Liverpool supporter and fellow SBI poster.

        • TomG says:

          Ha! The bar has been set Citro! If you don’t fling your urine at people, you’re a gentleman.

    • BrianK says:

      Mexican fans are a disgrace.

    • Jason B says:

      I’m not watching but is it that bad? In these instances, I would love to hold the team accountable for such actions done by the fans but I understand that FIFA/CONCACAF would probably never do anything about it. In a perfect world they should be forced to play a qualifier in an empty stadium.

      • Old School says:

        Ruiz was hit in the head on one occasion, and pelted with beer cups and water bottles in others…all inside of about 5 minutes.

        Ruiz tried to walk away multiple times and Mexican players were physically pushing him back to the corner.

        I’m not a lifer as a soccer fan because the sports I grew up in, Mexican players doing that would be coldcocked…but these are soccer players we’re talking about. Much too passive for this kind of bullshit.

      • HoboMike says:

        Bryan Ruiz had to stop 3 times before he took a corner. One object hit him directly in the head.

    • Bac says:

      I just sent Ives a question asking if FIFA or CONCACAF has the guts to make them change stadiums… we’ll see if he answers

    • Old School says:

      Too make things even more of a disgrace, after drawing to Costa Rica, the Costa Rican supporter section was pelted with debris, liquids and random items.

      You could see their fans covering their heads and people shielding their women.

      The words to describe what I’m thinking would make me as disgusting as the filth throwing things at the Costa Ricans, so I’ll refrain. I’m tired of that BS.

    • HoBo says:

      Too bad Fifa doesn’t have the balls to penalize teams a point when their fans act this way. Seems to be a tradition at azteca. No class.

  8. Dudester says:

    Who else would rather see Castillo at lb and Beas at Lmid rather than EJ at Lmid.You get much better work rate on defense.Plus two natural wing players.With two Fwds in Dempsey and Jozy you don’t need another fwd out there.At home would much rather see Klejstan than Cam next to Bradley.

  9. TomG says:

    Tejada just completely whiffed on a spot kick from near the same area as the one that beat Timmy in Jamaica, so don’t tell me that’s an easy ball for a keeper. It’s like catching a long fly ball for a center fielder except you have to arrive at the exact right time and catch (or punch) it at the exact top of you leap. Anyone who’s played center field or fielded punt returns knows its not easy.

  10. John says:

    Anybody have a link?

  11. Old School says:

    AMAZING National Anthem signing. Subtle, pure and classy.

  12. SuperChivo says:

    Ticos!!! Pura Vida Muchá!!!!!!!

  13. Fredo says:

    Pura Vida!

  14. SuperChivo says:

    Tickets to the Azteca, $60. The look on Chicharito’s face as he walks off the pitch, priceless.

  15. TomG says:

    Huge throw in by BEvans. FJ skies the volley over the crossbar

  16. jonesy says:

    No TV tonight – anyone with a link?

  17. TomG says:

    Well defended corner, Jozy busting out nicely on the counter.

  18. TomG says:

    Nice hold up ther by Jozy and Deuce

  19. TomG says:

    Wow! Insanely soft call ther against USA

  20. Riggity says:

    …I’m sitting here with a drink, in a beautiful home and watching my boys play for a chance at the World Cup. Seriously, what a GREAT COUNTRY we have all been blessed to live in. Let’s go Yanks

  21. Amru says:

    Sorry Seattle until you can provide a soccer stadium with real grass, you should not get another qualifier.

    • Amru says:

      Ives is @ss really so bad a word that it needs to be moderated so heavily, I mean c’mon.

      • GW says:

        Think of it as an opportunity to exercise your creativity. Moderation allows you to think about what you are writing instead of just putting down the first thing that comes into your head.

        When you win a Pulitzer Prize you will SBI to thank for it.

  22. TomG says:

    Beautiful win and turn by MB

  23. Mig says:

    So, this IS the second home game that the US intentionally have played under less than optimal football conditions. Interesting set of decisions and frankly, given our resources, kind of embarrassing.

    That said, go US!

  24. Dudester says:

    EJ fails to track back and loses Quintero who blows by Evans.Leaving Omar to sweep up.

  25. CaliNick23 says:

    i’m watching d usa game, but any1 also following d heat game as well?

  26. TomG says:

    USA not moving the ball quickly enough. Theyre being too deliberate

  27. TomG says:

    Deuce! Pick up your head!

  28. PD says:

    the adthe stream is driving me insane tonite… any others?

  29. Fredo says:

    Get out the way Duece!

  30. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Our ball movement is too slow…we need to have more confidence to possess the ball in the middle of the field…I’d like to see Deuce play fast and simply….great shot by MB…unlucky.

  31. TomG says:

    Evans beaten yet again

  32. Zztoppppp says:

    Geoff Cameron seems timid out there, like he’s scared he is going to make a mistake.

  33. Mig says:

    I think we can say that that the pitch is a disaster since 6 players have just fell down when trying to make a simple cut. Second home game where we willingly scheduled a game in less than optimal conditions. Kind of embarr$$ing.

    #yeah, I reposted to avoid moderation.

  34. Fredo says:

    They’re gonna keep attacking Evans all night. Not surprising, though.

  35. Dudester says:

    Mikey playing like he did under Zeman at Roma.Making those deep runs out of mid.With the fitness he has he can do that all night and cause the serious problems.Hopefully Gcam can hold down the fort.

  36. TomG says:

    Panama not just packing it in. They’re looking to get forward with numbers at times

  37. TomG says:

    Jozy looking very strong

  38. Engkzl says:

    Is it just my tv, or is this audio feed spotty?

  39. Mig says:

    The US is playing very well right now. The field may s*ck, the fans are frankly asleep, but the team is actually looking very creative.

  40. Riggity says:

    Eddie J with the horrific service

  41. Riggity says:

    Sweet child of mine that’s a PK

  42. TomG says:

    MB and Jozy DOMINATING this game right now.

  43. chris_thebassplayer says:

    We need to find Fab more…keep the crosses out of the middle away from their strength…split our runs near and far post….blatant PK on Jozy….F yeah…goal !!!!!!!!!!

  44. Fredo says:

    Bull&@$# Yessss!!!

  45. Leo says:

    Every time Altidore scores, I remember every single one of you “critics”.

    • atleticodemadridfan says:

      When Jozy started making the first team at Red Bull – he was 16.
      I told a friend – “Mmmm I have a feeling about this guy – he’s got that New Jersey mojo.”
      Recall as well – against Brazil, in the group stages of the U20 world cup, in 2007 Altidore scored both goals v. Brazil and the USA eliminated Brazil.
      He will go far, and light it up on the world stage.

    • Mig says:

      The criticism of Altidore was entirely fair. He was lazy, usually not in shape enough to go 90, and anybody who doesn’t score for 2 years as a striker is due criticism especially when he isn’t creating for other players.

      Now, he is playing a much better game and is a quite a handful. It’s great to watch.

      That doesn’t mean that the criticism of him wasn’t justified.

      • Leo says:

        Just because a guy isn’t running up and down the pitch full bore for 90+ minutes doesn’t mean he’s lazy. In certain cases (and I’d wager Jozy is one of these), he makes intelligent runs rather than huffing and puffing so his work rate looks astounding.

        It’s very clearly a matter of getting Altidore the ball. His form has been impeccable for his club, the service is now reaching that level in the recent USMNT games and you can see the result.

        • Mig says:

          Fair opinion. I disagree as do some commentators, professional or otherwise. He’s a polarizing figure among fans AND more importantly his coaches. I think he’s a fair weather guy but if he gets fair weather, he’s a great asset. I hope he keeps scoring bucketsful.

        • Old School says:

          Service in absence of Landon Donovan has definitely been lacking. That doesn’t excuse a lack of effort…that’s on the man, not the team.

          You, beachbum and his family can disagree but the man paid to make decisions disagrees and many of us agreed with him. There’s a reason he was subbed off and it wasn’t for his lack of service.

          Stop being an apologist. We’re not haters if we state what our eyes see.

          Lack service: check
          Lacking effort too often: check

          One requires better understanding and ability from teammates. The other is squarely on the player and has zero excuses for being absent.

          • Leo says:

            Three goals, three games. Thirty one goals in Europe. You can keep repeating whatever you want, it doesn’t make it so.

            • Old School says:

              0 goals in the run of play in 2 years previously.

              Are you going to sulk and blame everyone else too? That’s fine. That’s a personality defect…that doesn’t mean it’s reality.

              The reality is anyone can be a teammate and not everyone is capable of being a good teammate.

              Jozy wasn’t a good teammate for quite awhile during the last few years and being petulant was something people with 20/20 vision witnessed.

              The type of effort we’ve seen after he scored a single goal reminds you what we could see when Jozy is mentally checked in.

              Being a teammate is a two way street. Fighting each play is being a good teammate.

              Poor service and whining about service as a professional while sulking around the pitch results in 0 goals.

              Good service and hustle? 3 goals in 3 games. Can’t have one without the other.

              • Leo says:

                Keep crying and criticizing, bro! One day someone will tell you how right you are!

              • Old School says:

                That’s your response?

                I’ll save the energy for people who are capable and willing to debate.

                Run back to the sidelines where you take notes of “critics”.

              • beachbum says:

                when he’s not touching the ball except on desperation punts up top he isn’t effective…few are. Further, when he’s stationed alone up top he’s fighting off double teams all the time. With Clint up there with him, Jozy sees space, and with the formation also finally providing width, he sees service

                no goals in the run of play for the Nats that long can be traced very seriously to the lack of those two things…a running mate up top and width that provides good service.

                it’s the formation change since the Germany game that has made it happen imo

              • beachbum says:

                rats! just left a reply to you Old School…no a$$ comments either, but awaiting mods

                in a nutshell, the formation change to provide A) a running mate up top, and B) width for service

                that is the difference.

              • Old School says:

                “rats! just left a reply to you Old School…no a$$ comments either, but awaiting mods

                in a nutshell, the formation change to provide A) a running mate up top, and B) width for service

                that is the difference.”

                We’ll save it for another day, beachbum, as I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time on a slow day.

                Jump in the updated/new thread for the match.

                Aiming purely positivity right now after that performance by everyone. I was never trying to take the “negative” angle to begin with but couldn’t ignore such a blanketed/ridiculous statement by “Leo” the sideline reporter.

              • beachbum says:

                sure, another day…won’t change the facts though :)

                great win tonight, and also great performance

              • Leo says:

                You getting personal wasn’t trying to be “negative”…whatever, Old School.

                If you’re going to be a jerk and make it personal, at least own it instead of backtracking.

              • Leo says:

                beachbum, don’t forget the actual number of minutes played in the past two years (subtracting the number of minutes he’s played in the last three matches).

                link to

                You know, objective evidence and such.

              • GW says:

                Mr. School,

                You make good points but I think everyone overlooks that tonight was less about Jozy, or any individual really, than it was about the team having a coming out party.

                The regulars are finally mostly here and are having a good run of games together. The two CB’s shaky though they may be, are getting a little better and at least seem comfortable with each other. The newer guys, like Fabian, Jones, Zusi, EJ, Cameron are finally getting comfortable as are the surprises, DMB and Evans. Even the fringe guys like Davis are starting to look comfortable.

                With every team there is usually a point where the light bulb suddenly goes off in everyone’s head and this run of games seems to be it.

                They are finally acting like a real team. I’m not particularly worried about Honduras. I’m sure whoever they come up with to replace our card losses will do the job. And I’m not so sure now that LD, and Dolo will be missed that much if they don’t make it back.

              • Old School says:


                I can agree with that. When one aspect is clicking, the entire team usually follows suit.

        • Fredo says:

          Smart runs? Never one of Jozy’s strong suits. Again, I’m happy he’s engaged, following direction from Deuce and JK, and scoring goals.

          • Leo says:

            I guess the only thing I could respond with would be a suggestion to look up some of his highlights on YouTube with AZ and watch his off the ball movements for yourself. I don’t think hold up play was his strong suit, but it appears that he’s adapted quite well.

            I suppose the argument is largely subjective, anyway.

  46. Dudester says:

    Seems like this team finally figured out how to maximize Jozy’s scoring potential.Simple play him next to Demps.BS on the pen call.

  47. Old School says:

    We’re witnessing the “next step” for Altidore.

    Take it in, this journey is starting to get exciting.

    • TomG says:

      Amazing how fast he is for sucha big man.

      • Old School says:

        Everything you want, he has.

        For me, the last thing to come…which appears to be finally developing to make him go from being good to great is: maturity.

        Scary to think about if he keeps it together…what we’ll see in the next couple years.

        • beachbum says:

          disagree…service is the difference, altho of course he’s amturing too. come on, he’s finally see the ball up front, and what a surprise, he’s good when he gets service

          • TomG says:

            True. It’s not that he’s magically matured in the last 3 matches. He’s been maturing greatly over the last 2 years.

    • Dudester says:

      Amazing what Holland can do.Consider that the Eredevise isn’t that much stronger than MLS.That being said I wouldn’t mind if all our young attacking talent went over there as their first foray into Europe.

      • Citronomics says:

        Think Holland would be a great next step for Mixx and Bedoya.

      • atleticodemadridfan says:

        It’s all that “aged cheese” he eats.

      • GW says:


        “Consider that the Eredevise isn’t that much stronger than MLS.”

        That is not true. It is ranked ninth in Europe and the competition and
        talent level is higher than MLS.

    • beachbum says:

      service…that’s the difference.

  48. Benny says:

    How many times are these refs going to blow clear penalty kicks on behalf of the U.S. WWWAAAAAAA Goal my Altidore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Dudester says:

    Would take Gcam at CB over Gonzalez every day and twice on Sunday #justsayin.

  50. TomG says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous one touch sequence between Beas, Jozy, Deuce and MB!

  51. TomG says:

    USA high pressure really causing problems now for Panama

  52. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Cameron is playing his azz off…same for Jozy and MB…. the MB/Cameron pairing looks freakishly solid…1-2 touch passing, covering for each other…. extremely solid stuff.

  53. Brett says:

    Fabian and Jozy did their jobs, but Bradley’s run made that goal. He is our playmaker. Cameron should stay behind him at all times.

    • TomG says:

      The big negative to JJ is that he prevents MB from getting forward as much as he should bc he has to cover for JJ’s wandering a$$

      • Brett says:

        Yeah. But it is a plus to have two who can create in the attack. That’s one reason I don’t like Jones. He can swing the ball around but he’s not that great at picking his head up on the dribble and finding the right pass. Bradley is, and Holden will be eventually… I hope.

      • Brett says:

        Yeah. But it is a plus to have two who can create in the attack. That’s one reason I don’t like Jones. He can swing the ball around but he’s not that great at picking his head up on the dribble and finding the right p@$$. Bradley is, and Holden will be eventually… I hope.

      • chris_thebassplayer says:

        So true, for whatever reason, Jones isn’t as disciplined as he should be when he plays with MB or theoretically behind MB…. so MB out of necessity has to shade behind him and allow him to meander around. The chemistry between Cameron and MB was unreal.

  54. divers suck says:

    Gotta love the TRUE homefield advantage not afforded by venues out east and most certainly any down south!!!….One of these days Seattle will get a grass pitch or the technology for a temporary one will be better advanced!

  55. jmadsen says:

    anyone got a Honduras-Jamaica score?

  56. Mig says:

    This game is a great display for why we should use Cameron needs to be on the field for us in some capacity. He is doing amazing work in the center of the field.

  57. JJ says:

    monica gonzalez is bangin taylor twellman…im just sayin

  58. Engkzl says:

    Even better than the goal is that the defense hs not made any bad mistakes. And panama looks pretty good on the attack…

  59. Mig says:

    Please Mr. Darke utter one more vacuous cliché. What a bore.

  60. matt says:

    Dempsey does not deserve to be captain. He goes down way to easy holds the ball too long and hasnt been involved the past few games.

  61. Leo says:

    My. I didn’t know EJ could still score with his feet.

    2 – 0 USA

  62. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Deuce needs to get on the same page…everyone is spraying it around.

  63. petedx says:

    Geoff Cameron is playing out of his mind right now.

  64. Francois says:

    We are playing great! This ref is absolute trash though, no calls for the U.S. at all.

  65. TomG says:

    Jozy’s shot is just so freaking hard. He nearly knocked the keeper over from outside the box.

  66. divers suck says:

    Somebody correct me. On that list I just saw on yellow cards, was Jermaine Jones NOT on that list???!!!

  67. Ed says:

    We are going to be downright terrifying when Donovan returns

  68. TomG says:

    Jozy has really improved his crossing

  69. TomG says:

    Subs? Boyd? Castillo? Stu? Corona?

  70. Citronomics says:

    Dang it. Bea$$$$ly so close. What a great build up sequence.

  71. TomG says:

    Great pa$$ by Jozy. DMB sooooclose to finishing.

  72. fischy says:

    Probably the best game the USA has turned in for Klinsmann. Certainly, it is in a game that mattered.

    Still, Dempsey’s touch has really let him down. He could have had a hat-trick.

    • Mig says:

      In a game that mattered? Absolutely, Fischy. A complete performance from back to front in a non-friendly. Qualifying is now a formality…it is time to figure out how to reproduce THIS performance against tough opposition. It’s been a joy to watch.

    • beachbum says:

      the best performance we’ve seen under Klinnsman…agreed. that 20 minute stretch in the first half was awesome

  73. chris_thebassplayer says:

    US bossin the game… keep the clean sheet boys, beautiful stuff all the way round.

  74. TomG says:


  75. TomG says:

    OG with his brain fart for the match

    • Fredo says:

      Tejeda split the center backs as a center forward should. Besler needs to communicate with Omar in that situation. And, Omar needs to talk with Besler to make sure who has that man. Thankfully, Timmy came off his line.

  76. Old School says:

    Well, next man up: Brad Guzan.

    Due to yellow cards, sounds like Howard will miss the Honduras match.

    • beachbum says:

      Beasley out too right? someone will need to step up and play the left flank with Fabian

    • GW says:

      Howard? Weren’t they talking about DMB getting a yellow and having to miss the Honduras game?

      • TomG says:

        Yes. DMB not Timmy. Either Fabian will slide back with EJ manning the left wing and Zusi returning to his customary right wing or Castillo comes in for DMB.

  77. Engkzl says:

    Anyone see why Beasley got carded?

  78. Nate says:

    where is “the imperative voice”?????

  79. ACS says:

    One bad part I did see is phantom yellow cards tonight against the US.

  80. Nate says:

    Jozy Altidore MOM

    • Fredo says:

      Good to see Jozy engaged in the whole game. I might vote Deuce MOTM for being Jozy’s coach on the field.

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      I gotta go with MB followed closely by Jozy/Cameron…then Besler…for the top four.

  81. conrad says:

    So was it the quality of the USMNT that made Panama look so poor? I haven’t seen that in ages. Cameron had a great game. Jozy, awesome, fearsome. DMB, also great. MB, so good. GOD, I wish Tim Ream could get some playing time. I’d love to see a brilliant passer out of the back.
    Demsey —I don’t get it. He was subpar. I think he’s injured.
    That was fun.
    So who co we miss on yellow accumulation vs. Honduras?

  82. Brett says:

    MOTM was Bradley in my opinion. Another top quality performance. But really, attaboys all around. My lowest grade is for Gonzalez, and that’s a 6.5/10.

  83. Leo says:

    Interesting note: Mexico (and Jamaica) have played 6 games, the rest of the Hex five.

    Anyone see Honduras or Panama leap-frogging Mexico for third place?

    • GW says:


      El Tri are in trouble.

      Mexico has 4 games left.

      1. Honduras Home
      2. US Away
      3. Panama Home
      4. Costa Rica Away

      They have 7 points. Traditionally the number of points for third place is about 16-17.

      I think the US beats them.

      Which means they have to run the rest of the table to get 9 points which would give them 16, the bare minimum for third. It looks pretty iffy to me.

      You guys were just calling for JK’s head. Just imagine what it must be like for Chepo.

  84. Joe A. says: