Well the best news from last night is that we did what we needed to do and got the road point. Unfortunately away is Panama is one of the road CONCACAF games where you feel like you can get three. BUT as poorly as we played we should be happy as we could have just as easily come away with zero.
Here's my take on our players from last night:
Bradley - Great work rate. Plays his guts out. Just sucks on free kicks and turns the ball over way to often for you DCM.
Jones - I hate to say this but he looks done as a starter. And for sure he should never be paired with Bradley. When those two play together they just kill any forward movement.
Zusi - Graham I love you but you are not a RB. Your first touch is as bad as I have seen for a midfielder or defender. Every single first touch the ball bounces 6" to a foot. That is death for a back. You recovered well after getting beat several times and that is good. But I much prefer a back who doesn't get beat so often. Probably fine as a late game sub but should not start.
Gonzo - Actually thought he played pretty well last night. Was positioned well and had to make several covers for Ream. Nice job Omar.
Ream - Get back to work. I preferred Besler and nothing you did last night made me rethink that. Beat way too often. Out of position and your supposed quality passing was nowhere to be seen. And your play on that long throw in that lead to the goal was junior high. Close your eyes and turn your back. SMH.
Villafana - Solid and safe. Might have a good LB option now so we really can move Johnson to wing.
Ngabe - His ability to keep the ball at his feet and beat defenders was really important to give us some possession. His first half was outstanding but he faded a bit in the second half. However, dude you need to learn after you beat several players to look for your runner. You had two chances last night to feed a very dangerous runner and missed them both.
Pulisic - Another solid game and the work on the goal was pure magic. Stole the ball. Beat his man. Pulled it back and fed Deuce for an easy goal. But please stop going after the Ref. Yes they were hacking you but you will get carded if you keep this up.
Dempsey - Mostly a no show but he did finish his one chance and he made a superb thru ball to Pulisic who hesitated just a second too long to shoot
Altidore - Jozy what the heck? Where was the energy, hold up play, and passing you showed Friday night. To be fair a lot of that was due to the very limited passes he even got from Jones/Bradley.
Howard - Timmy you are still the man.
Referee - Please visit your optometrist! You missed a number of blatant fouls. You called numerous ticky tacky fouls on the US. But worst of all is your refusal to card Panama. Ngabe and Pulisic were fouled 5 times in the first half. Have you ever heard of persistent infringement? That was unacceptable but unfortunately entirely predictable for a road CONCACAF match.
All in all not a bad set of matches. Would have liked 6 points but 4 is putting us in much better shape than we had coming in and three of the next four are at home. One other note though. Just to show how corrupt soccer Federations can be. For the June matches the US plays at home on June 8 then have to travel to Mexico for a game on June 11. So instead of the normal three days between matches there are only two days. And yes both teams have this short turnaround. HOWEVER, freaking Mexico has both of their matches at home. So they have a huge benefit. No way they should be playing short turnaround against a team that doesn't have any travel.