KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
In one of the most exciting nights in Concacaf history, the U.S team rallied late to defeat Panama.
Lost in the drama of Mexico qualifying for the World Cup was a come-from-behind victory from the Unites States, that saw Panama give up two goals in the final two minutes of stoppage time to drop the Panamanians from their World Cup bid by a scoreline of 3-2.
G Brad Guzan, 5.5: Was left out to dry on the first goal, but possibly could have done better on the second goal.
D Edgar Castillo, 4.5: Made the mistake pass that caused the first Panama goal, and looked out of place in several Panamanian possessions. It almost appears as if he may be better suited in a left midfielder role, as he was great going forward.
D Michael Orozco, 5.5: Was completely out of position on the first goal, albeit left out to dry on the turnover. Had a hard time finding chemistry along the backline with Goodson, but at least got himself into position to score.
D Clarence Goodson, 6: Had a difficult time getting in sync with Orozco, but did battle well with Blas Perez, and recovered from the first goal.
D Brad Evans, 4.5: Destroyed by Quintero. Evans one true weakness was exposed as he was beat time and time again by Quintero. Created a couple of good chances getting forward, but was an absolute liability in the back against the speed.
M Kyle Beckerman, 6: Played the destroyer role well, and did well in the obstruction of the passing game. Was exposed a bit by his pace, especially trying to get back to help on the first goal.
M Sacha Kljestan, 6: Was active in the passing game, and was more lively than in previous games, but didn't make too much of an impact.
M Graham Zusi, 6: Passing was ineffective, but was redeemed by his header in the dying moments.
M Mix Diskerud, 5.5: Needed to take some better decisions, especially when passing, and should have pulled the trigger on a shot in the first half.
M Alejandro Bedoya, 5: Aside from his shot that caused a save from Penedo, Bedoya had some head scratching moments, especially when he nearly caused a penalty on the other end.
F Jozy Altidore, 6: Had a constant battle with Felipe Baloy. Held the ball up well, but was limited in his chances.
M Brad Davis, 7.5: Made an impact with his crossing, and had an assist on both goals.
F Aron Johannsson, 7: Great first goal for the AZ forward, who had oodles of space. Was dangerous immediately after walking on the field.
F Terrence Boyd, 6.5: Provided a viable replacement for Altidore, and his hold up play was impressive. Helped in the lead up to the second goal.
Jürgen Klinsmann, 7.0: Did well to avoid the outside distractions, and executed his game plan. Again, his late game changes proved to be the deciding factor, as it was Tuesday night with the substitutions of Brad Davis, Aron Johannsson, and Terrence Boyd.