Uncle Sam surely slept well Tuesday night. After a climactic victory over Jamaica on Friday, team USA conducted a quick, painless murder of Panama’s World Cup hopes.
The U.S. Men’s national team soared past Panama in a 2-0 victory Monday night. The USA extended its’ home win-streak to 24 in World Cup Qualifiers.
Jurgen Klinsmann deployed a side much like the one from the previous two matches. However, two crucial changes ignited the U.S. to victory. Klinsmann inserted Geoff Cameroon into the midfield, assigned as the holding midfielder beside Michael Bradley. On the left wing, Eddie Johnson grabbed the reigns for an injured Graham Zusi. Johnson, playing opposite his namesake, Fabian Johnson, handed Klinsmann a difficult decision to make after a stellar performance.
The U.S. began on the front foot, controlling possession early in the match. Their patience and composure paid off in the 36’th minute. Michael Bradley led a cavalier-like counter attack, feeding Fabian Johnson the ball on the left wing. Johnson’s flat cross skipped to striker Jozy Altidore at the back post, giving him an easy finish for the game’s first goal.
Life remained easy for team USA, dominating the play after their goal. In the 53rd minute, Klinsmann’s changes rang through. Cameroon launched a low forward ball to Eddie Johnson up front. Johnson found a hole in the defense, toeing the offside line to find himself one-on-one at goal. His finesse finish doubled the Americans” lead, spacing them ahead for good.
At the halfway stage of the hexagonal, the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, team USA leads the group at ten points. They next play June 18th against fourth place Honduras. Klinsmann’s men will no doubt be hungry to complete a nine-point haul from the month of June.