Out possessed, out shot, out played. That sums up almost the entire 2015 Gold Cup tournament for the United States Men's National Team. The USMNT fell to Panama on PKs 2-3 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and neither team could manage a goal in extra time.
Panama out shot the US 25-5 in a match where the United States looked disinterested for more than an hour. Panama scored first when their striker Nurse carved by Tim Ream and John Brooks with ease and slotted home the goal easily in the far post by a helpless Guzon. The United States managed an equalizer from Clint Dempsey after a great lay off from DeAndre Yedlin. The United States managed to stay close after goal line clearances from Tim Ream and Fabian Johnson and multiple saves by Brad Guzon.
Fabian Johnson, Michael Bradley, and DeMarcus Beasley failed to convert on their penalty opportunities as the US made only 2 out of 5 PKs. Dempsey and Aron Johansson were the lone conversions for the US. The loss marks the worst finish in any Gold Cup competition for the US.
Player Ratings (out of 10)
Brad Guzan, 5 - Shaky start for the goal keeper as his distribution gave away possession but came around to make multiple saves to keep the US in the game. Saved one of the four Panama penalty kicks to give the US a chance but in the end it was not enough.
Timmy Chandler, 5 - Baffled to why he is still starting. Slightly better effort as he looked dangerous going forward. Defensively however, a long way to go. Out jumped to allow a free header that Guzan had to save. Looks lost at times when trying to find who to mark.
Omar Gonzalez, 4 - Tough game for the back line of the US that was consistently overrun. Gonzalez was probably the best of the bunch but that is not saying much at all. Unable to stop a run that Ream luckily saved off the line and beat to the spot on multiple crosses.
John Brooks, 3 - Not a good game from Brooks. Not a good tournament for Brooks. Could not slow down Nurse at all on the break, who got by him easily. Caught ball watching multiple times to all Panama players to get to the cross to put dangerous shots on goal. Has to be much better if he is going to be the future of this back line.
Tim Ream, 5 - Started at LB for the first time this tournament. Received a point bump because he made a great hustle play to clear the ball off the line on what would have been a sure goal. Easily beaten by Nurse for the opening goal. Under constant attack as Panama came down the right side all game.
Fabian Johnson, 4.5 - Moved up from LB to LM. Quiet in the first half, a little better going forward in the second. Good save off the line from the corner. Overall did little to make his claim to start at LM. Deducted a point as he sailed his PK opportunity over the bar.
Joe Corona, 4 - Gave the ball away far too often and looked lost defensively as Panama ran by him. He did put a lot of effort which is more that can be said for some members as he never stopped running even when he was left in the dark.
Michael Bradley, 4 - The ball does not move unless it touches Bradley's foot. That can be good and bad for the US. The game it turned out to be not good enough. Gave the ball away too often and did not provide the touch needed to finish opportunities. Did claim one great ball to Yedlin to set up the goal but that was one of the lone highlights. Missed his PK but due to a great save from the Panama keeper.
Graham Zusi, 4 - Found ways to be involved early but could not find the magic distribution touch required and faded as the game went on. Subbed off for more effective Yedlin at the hour mark.
Chris Wondolowski, 3 - Missed a great opportunity with a header that he would normally finish (if this was the MLS). Forgot he was even out there playing other than that moment.
Aron Johansson, 4.5 - First touch let him down when he could have been one on one with the keeper on a short through ball. Provided energy but not showing well enough to be the everyday number 9 for this team.
Clint Dempsey, 7 - Scored the lone US goal and converted his PK. Looks to be the lone finisher for this team. Came on at the hour mark and provided much needed energy.
DeAndre Yedlin, 7 - Great run and composure to lay the ball off for Dempsey for the lone US goal. Provided energy when he came on at the hour mark. Had to track back defensively as Panama never let off the gas pedal and the US could not hold onto possession.
DeMarcus Beasley, 4 - Came on to start the extra period. Showed composure in the defensive third. Will his last touch as a USMNT member could be the failed PK to seal the loss? Looks that way.