CARSON, Calif. – Call it Mission Accomplished, in a sense.
The US national team concluded their annual January training camp with a 2-0 friendly win over Panama at the StubHub Center on Sunday, and with that came positive signs, including their first win and first clean sheet in six games, as well as a few international debuts.
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The marks are up for the US national team after they got well with Sunday's comfy 2-0 friendly victory over Panama in Carson, Calif.
First a disclaimer of sorts: The US national team should always expect to beat Panama, a team against whom they are now 12-1-2 all time, at home. And whatever fans may think of it, an experimental spirit still prevails at this time of year and cycle.
But when you haven't won in six months, your coach is making antagonistic headlines in the name of “conversation” and veteran players are openly admitting their confusion with recent tactical choices, an assured 2-0 victory is always a welcome sight.
CARSON, California - Sólo para que las cosas quedaran en claro, el portero panameño Jaime Penedo dijo durante la semana previa al encuentro, entre su selección contra la de Estados Unidos en el StubHub Center, que no iba a servir como revancha por lo que sucedió la última vez que estos se enfrentaron.
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CARSON, Calif. – Panama's rise among CONCACAF's elite nations, which nearly climaxed with a berth in last year's World Cup, hasn't gone unnoticed, certainly not by the US men's national team.
Jurgen Klinsmann still favors Michael Bradley in advanced position for USMNT despite holding role vs. Chile
CARSON, Calif. – Michael Bradley was back in his familiar holding-midfield role for the US men's national team's friendly last week in Chile. Did it signal that Jurgen Klinsmann has changed his mind on how best to employ the Toronto FC star?
Klinsmann played Bradley as an attacking midfielder last year, including all four World Cup games in Brazil, but he positioned the 27-year-old veteran deeper against Chile, he said, based on the makeup of his roster.
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