Four Star Daily: Jozy Altidore and United States defeat Panama

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The United States defeated Panama last night with Jozy Altidore netting the match winner on a big chance created by Michael Bradley and Fabian Johnson.

  • The United States defeated Panama 2-0 last night, giving them ten points from five matches and the top stop in the Hexagonal. A pace of two points per match would have the US finish with twenty points, more than enough to get them to Brazil. With three home matches left in Qualifying, including next Tuesday against Honduras, it's not crazy to suggest the US could meet their point total from the last Qualifying tournament and take the group again.
  • The LA Times recap focused on Jozy Altidore. He was voted Budweiser Man of the Match after his first half goal put the US firmly in the drivers seat. Michael Bradley and Fabian Johnson set up the big chance, with Johnson crossing far post. Altidore slotted the ball home for his third goal in three matches, which comes after a nineteen month goalless drought.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann has tried out 28 lineups in 29 matches in his two years as head coach, which has the US in the drivers seat after strolling past Panama. Fellow CONCACAF power Mexico hasn't been as lucky with another 0-0 draw in the Azteca. Even if they sweep their last four matches, Mexico cannot equal their point total from the last Qualifying tournament, and they still have their road match in Columbus. The US can help out Mexico by defeating Honduras, but Costa Rica has a chance to build on their second place spot hosting Panama after Tueday's draw in Mexico City.
  • US Open Cup action galore tonight, but the LA Galaxy won't take the pitch until next Wednesday. This weekend the Portland Timbers hosting FC Dallas at 2:00 PDT is the lone national cablecast on ESPN. Will be interesting to see if Timbers fans try and put on a show after Seattle has gotten so much love over the atmosphere last night.
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