Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors predict #USAvPAN

Each week during the MLS season, the MLSsoccer.com editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Panama at CenturyLink Field (10 pm ET, ESPN, UniMas, Live chat on MLSsoccer.com).

Disagree? Make your voice heard in the poll to the right and in the comment section below!

USA vs. Panama: World Cup qualifier preview

US national team reveals gameplan for unlocking Panama's stingy defense

US captain Clint Dempsey offers his take on CenturyLink Field turf

Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


Their momentum and confidence finally matches their stature within CONCACAF – is that arrogant? – plus the big crowd at the CLink will help. EJ with two goals. Maybe.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor



This Panama team scares me. They always have. They know exactly how to play the US and they are the most patient, organized unit in CONCACAF. Clean sheets against both Honduras and Mexico spell trouble. I smell letdown at CLink.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor



Get ready for the alarm bells to sound again after Panama give the US a struggle and bring them back down to earth. Home games are no longer a guarantee for the USMNT.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com


No-brainer here. The US have a momentum that makes them almost unbeatable at home, plus Panama are still struggling with an irregular defense that the US can take advantage of.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


Worse than Panama's irregular defense is the irregular stomach of Blas Pérez. Without him, La Marea Roja will be simply punchless up top. The US have some absences as well, but provided there are no last-minute belly aches, they should have enough to pull this one out.

Andrew Wiebe


No Graham Zusi and no Jermaine Jones keeps the US from reaching the attacking highs they've enjoyed of late. But they've still got Deuce and that's more than enough to stay atop the Hex.

Nick Rosano


Panama will make life difficult for the US, but the absence of Pérez will give the US one less thing to worry about and the attack should be able to continue its good run and nick a goal. It may not be pretty, but the US certainly have the wherewithal to win this one.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


At this point I don't have faith that this team will shut anyone out, but I do see them finding a way to grind out the 3 points at home. They'll miss Jones's ability to pick out a penetrating pass, but with the bulk of the possession expected, and Altidore and Dempsey on good form, I expect the US to find a few goals.



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