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USMNT vs. Panama: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

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):

217 comments
  • chris_thebassplayer

    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.

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  • Brett

    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.

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    • TomG

      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$$

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      • Brett

        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.

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      • Brett

        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.

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      • chris_thebassplayer

        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.

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  • divers suck

    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!

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      • jmadsen

        oh, this is gonna be so interesting down the wire:-)

        thanks for the score

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      • divers suck

        The party is virtually over for the Reggae Boys…Shame. They bring color and party to the World Cup!

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      • Leo

        Yeah…it’s a real shame Trinidad hasn’t been able to concentrate long enough to put something together.

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  • Mig

    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.

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  • Engkzl

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

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      • Mig

        I know a lot of fans like him but I am getting to the point where I don’t like the faux-understatement of the British football announcer.

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      • TomG

        I actually feel like he brings a lot of passion and excitement to the match.

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      • TomG

        I actually feel like he brings a lot of pa$$ion and excitement to the match.

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      • TomG

        He always seems like he’s having fun. To me, that’s very important.

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      • divers suck

        Perhaps because the American accent or voice sucks so bad?

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      • divers suck

        And quite honestly, the latino accent for the USA doesn’t work either…

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      • TomG

        Haven’t heard many. The thing is that a Latin accent often indicates English is a second language.

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    • petedx

      Darke is perfect…as a Brit he is able to call the game without being an obnoxious cheerleader.

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  • matt

    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.

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  • chris_thebassplayer

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

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  • Francois

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

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  • TomG

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

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  • divers suck

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

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  • fischy

    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.

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    • Mig

      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.

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    • beachbum

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

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  • chris_thebassplayer

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

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    • Fredo

      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.

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  • Old School

    Well, next man up: Brad Guzan.

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

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    • beachbum

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

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    • GW

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

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      • TomG

        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.

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    • Fredo

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

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    • chris_thebassplayer

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

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  • conrad

    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.
    Anyway.
    That was fun.
    So who co we miss on yellow accumulation vs. Honduras?

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  • Brett

    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.

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  • Leo

    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?

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    • GW

      Leo,

      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.

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      • TomG

        Did you hear the fire chepo chant the last 10 minutes of the match?

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      • GW

        Correction Mexico have 8 points

        But they are still in deep doo doo

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