Collect News Data
Oct 10, 2021 at 11pm UK
Godoy (54')
Stephens (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Preview: Panama vs. USA - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Panama vs. USA - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Monday's World Cup Qualifying - North Central America clash between Panama and USA, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

The USA can maintain their first-place position in the final round of World Cup 2022 qualifying on Sunday with a victory over Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Los Canaleros suffered their first defeat in the Octagon, falling 1-0 to El Salvador in their previous match, while the Americans have won back-to-back fixtures, getting past Jamaica 2-0 on Thursday.

Match preview

It is a long road to qualify for any World Cup, and Panama have learned the hard way how quickly things can change in the span of one game.

Thomas Christiansen had to be feeling good about his team's form going into San Salvador with five points from three matches, including a draw to Mexico.

On Thursday, however, they were humbled by La Selecta, who scored their first goal in this round of competition, and Panama could not recover, failing to get a single shot on target.

That defeat moved them outside a top-three position in the group and into fourth place, but just a point behind Canada, with a pair of critical matches upcoming.

The standings are so tight at the moment that every time you drop points there could be a heavy cost, and Panama had a chance to pick up three points versus Mexico last month, leading 1-0 with less than 15 minutes remaining, eventually playing to a 1-1 draw.

In the past they have struggled to stay with this US team, dropping a 6-2 decision in a friendly played in 2020 and losing three of their last four games against the Yanks by three or more goals.

They have not beaten the Americans since a penalty shootout victory at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while having failed to win a 90-minute encounter against them since a 2-1 triumph at that same tournament four years prior.

The US appear to be hitting their stride following an anxious two and a half matches to kick off this qualifying campaign.

Gregg Berhalter went with another youthful lineup on Thursday against the Reggae Boyz, and they showed a lot of flair in what was a dominating performance.

When you dawn the red, white and blue of the United States, the expectations are always sky-high, especially within their region, and this team are playing up to those expectations at the moment.

Even though they have not always looked spectacular in every game, their fighting spirit has been evident throughout the year as they have usually found ways to avoid defeat, even in matches where they have played poorly, having now gone unbeaten in 13 consecutive encounters.

Against Jamaica, the Yanks did a great job of exploiting the amount of space given to them, with 62% of the possession and firing seven shots on target.

Playing inside a smaller, more intense venue as will be the case in Panama City this weekend could be a little more intimidating for this young team, but they have handled themselves quite well away from home, losing only one match this year outside of the US.

One of the many lessons the Americans would have learned after missing out on the 2018 finals was the importance of seizing an opportunity when it arrives, and in the next week, there is a chance for them to potentially pad their lead atop the standings and give themselves some breathing room.

Panama World Cup Qualifying - North Central America form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L

Panama form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L

USA World Cup Qualifying - North Central America form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W

USA form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W

Team News

Christiansen made only two changes to the starting 11 versus El Salvador with Harold Cummings replacing Andres Andrade in central defence and Abdiel Ayarza started instead of Adalberto Carrasquilla, although the formation changed slightly as Yoel Barcenas played as a striker alongside Rolando Blackburn instead of his usual position just in behind him.

Gabriel Torres came on as a substitute on Thursday, and he needs just three more appearances to reach 100, while Freddy Gondola earned his first cap for the team, replacing midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez for the final 25 minutes.

In their last victory versus the Yanks, goalkeeper Luis Mejia played a big part, stopping the last two American penalty kicks, while Roman Torres, Abdiel Arroyo and Cummings scored on their attempts.

Ricardo Pepi continues to spark his side as the 18-year-old American notched a brace against the Jamaicans, becoming the second-youngest player to score multiple goals in a match for this team behind Christian Pulisic, who sat out of that match with an injury.

Brenden Aaronson is off to an excellent start to his international career, picking up his fourth assist with the national team this week to go along with his five goals scored in only 11 appearances.

Defender Miles Robinson and goalkeeper Matt Turner are the only players who have featured in every minute of each American qualifier this year, while Shaquell Moore, Walker Zimmerman, Yunus Musah, Luca de la Torre and Tim Weah all made their World Cup qualifying debuts.

Panama possible starting lineup:
Mejia; Davis, Ramos, Escobar, Murillo; Cooper, Godoy, Yanis, Martinez, Barcenas; Blackburn

USA possible starting lineup:
Turner; Moore, Zimmerman, M. Robinson, McKenzie; Roldan, Lletget, Acosta; Arriola, Pepi, Hoppe

We say: Panama 0-1 USA

The environment should give the Panamanians a slight advantage, but the conditions should not have a major impact on this young American team who are brimming with confidence and with a teenage sensation, who at the moment can do no wrong.

body check tags ::

amp_article__466867 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-10-08 21:16:13:
html db last update - 2021-10-08 20:18:07 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Premier League Table
3Manchester CityMan City74211431114
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd7421146814
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton742185314
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs7403610-412
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham73221410411
10Aston Villa7313109110
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves730456-19
13Leicester CityLeicester7223912-38
14Crystal Palace7142811-37
16Leeds UnitedLeeds7133714-76
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle7034816-83
20Norwich CityNorwich7016216-141
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

League One Table
1Plymouth ArgylePlymouth126511911823
2Wycombe WanderersWycombe117221812623
3Wigan AthleticWigan107121771022
5Rotherham UnitedRotherham11623169720
6MK Dons115422115619
7Oxford UnitedOxford Utd115331712518
8Bolton WanderersBolton125342016418
9Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds11533119218
10Burton Albion124441114-316
11Accrington StanleyAccrington115151420-616
14Ipswich TownIpswich113442119213
15AFC Wimbledon113441719-213
16Cambridge UnitedCambridge103431416-213
17Lincoln CityLincoln113351415-112
18Cheltenham TownCheltenham113351120-912
20Fleetwood TownFleetwood102441718-110
21Charlton AthleticCharlton112361218-69
22Crewe AlexandraCrewe11155915-68
23Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury12228918-98
24Doncaster RoversDoncaster10217618-127
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.