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Hello and welcome to game day!
The United States Men’s National team heads in Round II of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. While Sepp Blatter and company take on Jack Warner, the US takes on Panama.
Panama is all about forward play, so eyes on Tim Ream and Clarence Goodson–both likely starters–in the early going.
Enjoy the game.
Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG
• ESPN’s Leander Schaerlaeckens takes a cue from TSG’s belabored main Gold Cup point, “Dictate Play,” and asks the team about it.
• Travis Clark, The USA 10 Kit: 3 Things To Watch today for the Americans.
• SI man Grant Wahl takes a fantastic look at US Soccer’s hunt for dual passport players.
• The Yanks Are Coming Jon Levy says the Yanks are taking their talents…to Tampa.
• Another must-reader: Not US Soccer per se, but This Is American’s Soccer’s Adam Spangler has a fabulous transcription of the birth of Livestrong Park in Kansas City. Just so happens the US plays there next.
American Outlaws members gather here.
Yikes, Thunderstorms and muggy temperatures. Hey, couldn’t the US have played Panama a more US climate rather than a Panamanian one?
West coast of Florida gets some waves. However, the outlook for Saturday? Highly F-L-A-T, with a chance of an ankle slapper.
Be sure to check out a young Clint Dempsey and Brad Davis in this clip. The 2005 Gold Cup Final won on penalties by the United States over Panama.
- The U.S. is 3-0-1 against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the tie coming in the 2005 final with the U.S. prevailing 3-1 on penalty kicks.
- Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu were part of the U.S. squad that day. Donovan took and converted the third penalty in the shootout.
- Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 2007 quarterfinal against Panama at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
- Clarence Goodson and Robbie Rogers are the only members of the 2011 team that appeared in the 2009 quarterfinal victory in Philadelphia.
- The U.S. holds a 6-0-2 all-time record against Panama with 18 goals for and four goals against.
- All eight meetings between the two teams have come in either the Gold Cup or World Cup qualifying.
- In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the semifinal and final rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
- Donovan scored twice against Panama in a 6-0 rout in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 200