By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports activities Author
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Anibal Godoy scored within the 54th minute and Panama upended the US 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier Sunday night time when American coach Gregg Berhalter began a largely second-string lineup in the midst of one other hectic stretch of three matches in seven days.
Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie had been out with accidents, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson had been on the bench, and Antonee Robinson did not journey due to British COVID-19 restrictions that might have required a quarantine on his return to England.
With the U.S. lineup removed from its greatest, the People appeared each nervous and overamped for stretches of the primary half.
Adams entered firstly of the second half and gave away a nook kick that led to the objective on a ball he could have been in a position to clear. Éric Davis’ nook was headed by the 31-year-old Godoy previous goalkeeper Matt Turner and contained in the far submit, inflicting a crowd about three-quarters full to shake Estadio Rommel Fernández.
“We’re going to look again at this and be annoyed,” Turner mentioned. “Bodily the depth wasn’t there. They obtained an enormous increase from their residence crowd and we didn’t match and exceed that.”
Aaronson gave the U.S. extra vitality and tempo, and Ricardo Pepi, DeAndre Yedlin and Christian Roldan entered within the 67th. Through the closing hectic minutes, the sport was interrupted twice when followers ran onto the sector, and a ball was thrown from the stands. The ball boys didnt’ assist, often throwing a number of balls onto the pitch after one went out of bounds.
“I had like two or three,” Turner mentioned. “I used to be simply making an attempt to get them off the sector as shortly as I might. I didn’t need the sport to cease anymore. Folks working on the sector. The ball boys had been throwing, kicking the balls onto the sector as excessive as they might. And I used to be simply making an attempt to maintain the chaos off the sector as a lot as I might and hold our momentum going”
The People started the night time atop the eight-nation closing spherical of North and Central America and the Carribean, on objective distinction over Mexico.
The U.S. has eight factors after 5 of 14 video games, forward of Panama on objective distinction, heading into Wednesday night time’s match in opposition to Costa Rica at Columbus, Ohio. Mexico performed Honduras, and Canada has seven factors after a scoreless draw with Jamaica. Costa Rica beat El Salvador 2-1.
The highest three nations qualify, and the No. 4 crew advances to a playoff.
The defeat ended a 13-game unbeaten streak for the People that included 11 wins. It was their first ever loss to Panama in a qualifier.
The match was performed on the fourth anniversary of the 2-1 loss at Trinidad that ended a streak of seven World Cup appearances for the U.S., a defeat that enabled Panama to succeed in the World Cup for the primary time.
The U.S. as soon as once more went on the highway to an antiquated stadium, allowed as a result of FIFA and CONCACAF refuse duty for mandating requirements something near what main European and American golf equipment preserve.
Berhalter modified seven starters from Thursday’s 2-0 residence win over Jamaica, inserting Gyasi Zardes, Kellyn Acosta, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Weah, Shaq Moore, Mark McKenzie and George Bello. They joined Turner and three different holdovers: Walker Zimmerman, Yunus Musah and Paul Arriola.
Through the Panamian nationwide anthem, followers raised a big banner at one finish of the stadium that learn: “Nunca dehe de creer … nunce tre dejare de apoyar (I by no means cease believing … I’ll by no means cease supporting).”
Panama used the identical beginning lineup in its first three qualifiers and 9 of the 11 who started Thursday’s 1-0 loss at El Salvador.
Acosta repeatedly overhit nook kicks and free kicks within the early minutess.
Panama almost went forward within the 14th minute when Freddy Góndola crossed to an open Rolando Blackburn, who couldn’t get his foot on the ball in entrance of the web.
Davis’ nook kick was deflected previous the far submit within the twenty seventh minute. Turner palmed a cross over the crossbar within the twenty eighth, and within the thirty fourth he jutted out his proper arm to deflect Góndola’s point-blank shot after Acosta’s giveaway just for Panama to be whistled for offside. Turner tipped Édgar Bárcenas’ shot over the bar within the forty fifth.
“Within the first half it was most likely somewhat little bit of lack of vitality and competitiveness,” Adams mentioned. “We’ve got to do higher.”
Notes: CBS owned U.S. English-language video rights and selected to not broadcast the match and to stream it solely. NBCUniversal televised the match in Spanish on Universo.
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