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2 vs 3
USA
USA
Played
October 15, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez — Ciudad de Panamá
Referee:‬ C. Campbell‎
Attendance:‬ 18254‎
 
M. Orozco 64′
83′ L. Tejada
Graham Zusi 90+3′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Panama 2-3 USA

Goal breaks down the performances in the United States' dramatic 3-2 triumph that eliminated Panama from the World Cup.

By Thomas Floyd

  • J. Penedo
    5
    3
    3.00

    J. Penedo

    Didn't have much to do early, but did well to make his fair share of last-gasp interceptions after halftime. Perhaps could have reacted sooner to the strikes from Orozco and Johannsson, but could do nothing about Zusi's equalizer.

  • C. Rodríguez
    0
    4
    2.00

    C. Rodríguez

    Was enjoying a steady match before he misplayed Davis' corner and allowed Orozco to steer home the first U.S. goal. Was lifted in the 72nd minute as Panama looked for the winner.

  • F. Baloy
    5
    2
    3.50

    F. Baloy

    The bruising defender anchored his defense with typical confidence, doing his part to at least hold Altidore in check. His veteran savvy was crucial as Panama tried to hold on late.

  • Luis Alfonso Henriquez
    2
    4
    2.00

    Luis Alfonso Henriquez Top of the Match

    Overlapped well but completely lost track of Zusi, who powered through unopposed to head home the goal that knocked Panama out of a World Cup playoff.

  • R. Torres
    2
    2
    2.50

    R. Torres

    Formed a solid partnership with Baloy, though his concentration slipped a bit late. The cause was lost, but also allowed Johannsson way too much space on the winner.

  • A. Henríquez
    1
    2
    2.50

    A. Henríquez

    Distributed adequately as Panama controlled the first half. Played his part in a midfield that had the Americans out of sorts for long stretches.

  • Quintero
    3
    2
    3.50

    Quintero

    Was active on the left flank, delivering some nice combination play as Panama continued to create chances. Was unlucky not get an assist after beating Evans and setting up Perez with a golden chance.

  • G. Gómez
    0
    2
    3.00

    G. Gómez

    Did his job in holding midfield, making sure Diskerud got limited time on the ball to pick out passes. Was taken off in the second half as Panama went more offensive.

  • M. Sánchez
    0
    2
    2.50

    M. Sánchez

    Found himself in good positions but didn't have the final touch. Only needed a simple ball to set up Torres' opener, but he provided it well.

  • B. Pérez
    2
    2
    2.50

    B. Pérez

    Should have put Panama up 2-0 early in the second half but his low shot was cleared off the line by Castillo. Was busy up top but couldn't get the insurance goal Panama needed.

  • Gabriel Torres
    5
    1
    3.50

    Gabriel Torres

    Confidently drilled home Sanchez's pass at the top of the box to put the home side in front. Delivered a gorgeous cross late that nearly resulted in a goal.

Substitutions

  • Roberto Chen
    0
    2
    2.50

    Roberto Chen

    The second-half substitute nearly beat Guzan when his floating cross came dangerously close to dropping in.

  • J. Jiménez
    1
    2
    3.00

    J. Jiménez

    Came off the bench to deliver the low, dangerous service that Guzan mishandled on Tejada's strike.

  • L. Tejada
    2
    2
    3.00

    L. Tejada

    The 78th-minute substitute was in the right place at the right time when he buried Guzan's sloppy handling of a cross and appeared to book Panama's ticket to a World Cup playoff.

  • Bradley Guzan
    10
    18
    2.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Getting his third start of the Hexagonal, Guzan showed a surprising lack of authority. Most notably, he should have done better with the cross he parried to Tejada for Panama's second.

  • C. Goodson
    18
    2
    2.50

    C. Goodson

    Was authoritative aerially but at times looked sluggish while conceding too much space to the Panamanian attackers. His veteran calm, though, was evident.

  • E. Castillo
    16
    17
    1.50

    E. Castillo

    Was exposed defensively and offered sloppy distribution — specifically the giveaway that created Torres' opener. Redeemed himself somewhat with a goal-line clearance in the second half, but didn't do enough to stop the cross on Tejada's strike.

  • M. Orozco
    19
    8
    2.50

    M. Orozco

    Tied the game at 1-1 when he rose to somehow redirect Davis' corner into the back of the net. Was decent defensively but should have done better on Torres' opener.

  • Alejandro Bedoya
    23
    4
    3.00

    Alejandro Bedoya

    Brought energy and some dynamic play on the flank, starting on the right before moving to the left and eventually settling in at right back. Was a bit reckless tackling, but got the benefit of the doubt from the referee.

  • Brad Evans
    10
    11
    2.00

    Brad Evans

    Delivered an overlapping threat once Panama began sitting back but had a few embarrassing moments defensively before getting yanked early in the second half.

  • Graham Zusi
    31
    8
    3.00

    Graham Zusi

    Didn't look comfortable cutting in from the left, and was only marginally better once he swapped to the right. But his quiet outing was forgotten when he rose to head home the stoppage-time goal that knocked Panama out of a World Cup playoff.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    13
    17
    2.50

    Kyle Beckerman

    Was his usual sold self, completing high-percentage passes and clogging lanes, but was at a loss when Panama decided to sit back.

  • M. Diskerud
    14
    9
    2.00

    M. Diskerud

    Struggled to get involved from his role beneath Altidore, and his creative flourishes didn't pan out when he did get the ball. Was removed in the second half as Klinsmann brought on Johannsson.

  • Sacha Kljestan
    15
    8
    2.00

    Sacha Kljestan

    The choppy, wet field was a bad fit for Kljestan's skill set as he couldn't find much of a rhythm distributing from his deep-lying role. A missed chance to impress.

  • Jozy Altidore
    32
    2
    3.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Was a handful for the Panama back line, using his physicality to win balls and draw fouls. A solid enough performance during his first outing as captain.

Substitutions

  • Brad Davis
    50
    1
    3.50

    Brad Davis Flop of the Match

    Needing an impact outing to catch Klinsmann's attention, Davis came on in the 56th minute and notched two assists: a looping corner kick on Orozco's goal and a perfect cross on Zusi's late tally.

  • Aron Jóhannsson
    59
    1
    3.00

    Aron Jóhannsson

    Was decent as a withdrawn forward after coming on for Diskerud in the 62nd minute. With Panama's spirit broken, he casually converted the 93rd-minute winner with a low finish.

  • Terrence Boyd
    15
    10
    2.50

    Terrence Boyd

    Came on in the 76th minute and didn't make much of an impact. Was a little sloppy on the ball.

Results
Matchday 10
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. R. EspinozaMidfielderHonduras3.50
2. J. BengtsonStrikerHonduras U233.50
3. Juan Carlos GarcíaDefenderHonduras3.33
4. C. CostlyStrikerHonduras3.33
5. N. ValladaresGoalkeeperHonduras3.30
6. Maynor FigueroaDefenderHonduras3.30
7. QuinteroMidfielder3.30
8. Dwayne De RosarioMidfielderCanada3.25
9. Luis GarridoStrikerHonduras U233.25
10. B. GarcíaMidfielderHonduras3.20
11. Cristian GamboaDefenderCosta Rica3.13
12. J. PenedoGoalkeeper3.08
13. J. CoronaGoalkeeperMexico3.06
14. Héctor MorenoDefenderMexico3.04
15. Bryan RuizStrikerCosta Rica3.00
16. G. GómezMidfielder3.00
17. O. PeraltaStrikerMexico3.00
18. E. IzaguirreDefenderHonduras3.00
19. J. ZavalaMidfielderMexico3.00
20. F. BaloyDefender3.00
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Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
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9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1