USMNT finishes off winter camp with 2-0 friendly win over Panama
The U.S. men's national team concluded its winter training camp on a high note Sunday, defeating CONCACAF foe Panama 2-0 on goals by Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.
Bradley opened the scoring on an Olimpico, bending in a corner kick with his right foot in the 28th minute for the 13th international goal of his career.
Dempsey tallied his 40th off a slick through pass from Gyasi Zardes. Playing on his home StubHub Center field, Zardes marked his first U.S. start with a defense-splitting ball that Dempsey latched onto before taking a touch to get Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo out of position. He then tapped home in the 37th minute to double the lead.
A pair of Americans received their first caps, with D.C. United's Perry Kitchen and FC Dallas' Matt Hedges coming on as second-half substitutes, helping the USA finish off its first win since Sept. 3 over the Czech Republic. It snapped a five-game winless skid.
The Americans were coming off a 3-2 loss to Chile in which they led on two occasions – on goals from Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore – only to fall to a Chile side playing without the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo.
Here's how Sunday's match unfolded:
GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy), Jose Calderon (Deportivo Coatepeque)
DEFENDERS: Leonel Parris (Tauro FC), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Harold Cummings (Santa Fe), Luis Ovalle (Zamora FC), Eric Davis (Sporting San Miguelito), Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido), Michael Murillo (San Francisco FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved FC), Marco Sanchez (Táchira), Jhamal Rodríguez (Chorrillo FC), Luis Pereira (Arabe Unido), Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador), Hécgar Murillo (Tauro FC)
FORWARDS: Blas Perez (FC Dallas), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids), Rolando Blackburn (Communications), Ismael Diaz (Tauro FC), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), Jairo Glaize (Sportin San Miguelito)