In a game that had little meaning for the United States and their Gold Cup standing, an experimental lineup was used and valuable information about certain players was learned. Another rough start saw the U.S. down a goal at halftime, but they fought back to earn a draw thanks to a Michael Bradley goal.
While the overall team performance was nothing to write home about, we were able to see some players in different positions. So, how did these players perform? Here's how we saw it:
Alejandro Bedoya: Playing his first minutes since May, Bedoya got off to a slow start in the first half. After getting acclimated to the game, he found his legs and was a crucial part of the U.S.' turnaround. His work rate and calming influence was noticeable in the second half. His great assist to Bradley makes him an easy choice for the plus side. His grittiness and determination make him an extremely valuable asset in CONCACAF play.
Brad Guzan: The USA's No. 1 had a stellar goalkeeping performance against Panama. He stopped any and everything that came his way. He also commanded his box like a top keeper should. There was nothing he could do on the goal that was scored against him. One minor fumble after a save isn't enough to put a dent in his great display.
Timothy Chandler: ABORT! ABORT! Klinsmann has so much stock in Chandler, but he's the only one unable to see he's Enron. It's time to cut him loose while there is a chance to make roster changes.
Center backs: Both of them. John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado look slow to react and to judge almost any attack that comes their way. Expect to see at least one of them replaced on the roster before the quarterfinals.
Gyasi Zardes: "He's a striker!" they said. Well, not at the international level he's not. His poor technical ability allows defenders to knock him off the ball with ease in the middle of the pitch. His biggest strength is running off the ball and running at defenders. Get him back on the wing so his first touch isn't so exposed.