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June 11, 2013
• CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Referee: R. García Orozco
• Attendance: 40847
J. Altidore 36'
E. Johnson 53'
A really strong showing from the USA. The 2-0 scoreline is probably flattering to Panama if we're being honest. It could have been four or five for the USA.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Tim Howard
90' + 3'
That'll do it!! The USA takes a 2-0 win voer Panama.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card DaMarcus Beasley
90' + 2'
Howard called on to make his first big save of the night in the 92nd minute. Gonzalez caught out a bit and Howard has to come off his line to make the save.
90' + 1'
It looks like Holden may get a late run out by Klinsmann.
The USA coasting to the finish at this point. Panama is trying to push but the U.S. back line is holding strong and not allowing any chances.
Altidore tries to take on the defense alone. He's showing more confidence with every touch of the ball. U.S. fans should be plenty happy about that with his recent slump - and now the little hot streak he's gotten on.
Glorious chance for Beasley, and what a ball from Bradley to open it up. It comes back off the post.
Dempsey tries to slip one into the back post, but he hits it just wide. Another good bit of combination play with Altidore to set it up.
Sanchez tries to let one fly but misses it by miles. Panama not having much of this second half, or this game really.
The U.S. is really playing well tonight, stringing balls together, getting crosses in, showing the type of flowing soccer that is fun to watch.
Yellow Card Geoff Cameron
Yellow Card M. Sánchez
A booking for a diving given to Sanchez. Ref got it right.
And while I'm busy telling you about attendance numbers, Dempsey hits one into the ground and it bounces off the crossbar and back out.
Also a fun stat from @zacrigg That number represents the 7th highest WCQ attendance in U.S. history.
CenturyLink Field attendance: 40,847. From our guy @zacrigg at the stadium.
The USA having to do scome scrambling to get the ball out of its own box, but finally the danger is gone. Cameron plays it long out of the back.
Aníbal Cesis Godoy
Two chances for Panama, a toss of the dice to try and get back into this game. The USA really looks well in control, but that has been the case before with this team and not worked out perfectly.
Yellow Card Jozy Altidore
The Seattle Sounder has scored at his home stadium to open this one up.
Assist Geoff Cameron
Goal Eddie Johnson
EDDIE JOHNSON!!! It's 2-0!!! Cameron with a lovely ball over the top and Johnson is in behind to finish.
Panama is struggling to find its footing in this half. Very sloppy play with the ball, and the USA is coming out on top at the moment.
Baloy with a very strong tackle on Dempsey. A good tackle, and a very strong tackle.
A second feeling-out period to opent he second half. USA once again trying to move it around the back and control the tempo.
Back at it in Seattle.
And there's the half. 1-0 USA.
45' + 1'
Tejada put it in the net for Panama, but he's called offside and that should be just about it on the first half.
Panama has tried to snap back into this game quickly but the USA has really done a nice job of killing off the few minutes of pressure.
That was the goal the USA needed to open Panama up maybe. Really well worked there. Bradley brought it up through the middle and played Johnson down the left. Dempsey made the front post run and pulled a defender and Altidore was on the back stick to tuck it home.
Assist Fabian Johnson
Goal Jozy Altidore
GOAL!!!! ALTIDORE for the third game running. Cross in from Fabian Johnson and it's 1-0.
BIG SHOUT for a penalty for the USA. Altidore looked like he had drawn a foul but it's not given.
The U.S. creates another half chance but the final ball just won't find a foot so far. The ball has pinged around in Panama's box more than once, but the score is still 0-0.
Altidore wins a corner for the USA.
Evans is being tormented by the speed of Quintero down the USA's right. Really struggling to keep pace at the moment.
More in the middle of the park the last couple of minutes, but Dempsey just freed F. Johnson down the left and his cross is short of the mark and cleared from danger.
The U.S. being forced to defend some down its right flank. Johnson and Evans holding out well enough, but there certainly seems to eb a threat on that side.
That should have been a goal. Bradley with a great hit and it slams off Dempsey on the way in. Point-blank, he couldn't get out of the way in time.
Cameron with a very clever little ball into Dempsey. He hit it a bit too hard and Dempsey couldn't get to it, but the ideas are picking up for the USA attack.
Altidore tries to connect with Dempsey with a first-touch ball, comes up short. For all of the possession the USA has had, Panama has stayed organized and gotten pressure without allowing too many seams.
The USA started swinging it around the back again before Besler knocked one long that Altidore couldn't track down.
Dempsey takes a foul well out from the box, but a chance for a ball in for the USA here, and Bradley hits the first man with it.
Good stuff from the USA, really asking some early questions. Beasley gets in a second cross, and once again it's a good one. Dempsey tried to climb up and get to it but couldn't.
Beasley down the left, floats in a cross. It comes down nicely but Dempsey can't get a shot on frame.
Panama wins a corner just five minutes in. Dempsey and Altidore of all people do well to get it clear and bring it out of the back.
Now Panama doing a better job of breaking up play. Bradley and Cameron have both had passes go off mark.
A long ball floated in to Altidore down the right side leads to a long throw. The ball in from Evans is flicked on and F. Johnson has a rip at the back post but puts it over. Early chance for the USA.
USA swinging it around the back early on, just getting touches on the ball.
And we're off! USA in the white kit with navy shorts and white socks. Panama in the all red.
Mexico's match is over, the USA's is about to get running. Mexico finished 0-0, so if there is a winner in the game between the USA and Panama, that team will take the lead in the Hex.
For Panama, the lineup does not include Blas Perez, but Tejada is up top and he's always a threat. Baloy and Godoy are also worth keeping an eye on. Baloy will be the anchor at the back and he has caused the USA problems in the past. Godoy is the scrapper in the middle of the park.
Just about 10 minutes left until the opening kick of the USA vs. Panama. Mexico and Costa Rica are locked up 0-0 as it stands right now, with Honduras have a lead over Jamaica. The game between the USA and Panama is a chance for both teams to grab a very strong position in the Hex.
Welcome in to Goal's live call of the USA's World Cup qualifying match against Panama. The opening kick is still about 30 minutes out, so stick around as we draw closer and closer to another big game for the USA. The U.S. lineup has been announced and the answers to the big questions of the week -who will come in for Graham Zusi and Jermaine Jones - have been answered. Eddie Johnson will get the start tonight, presumably on the right wing or up front with Jozy Altidore, and Geoff Cameron will be partnering Michael Bradley in the center of the park.
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