High Confidence, Passing Lead US Men’s National Team Over Panama in 2014 World Cup Qualifier

By Phil Naegely
Steven Bisig – USA Today Sports

Coming off their first-ever World Cup qualifier victory on the road against Jamaica, the US Men’s National Team kept rolling in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying. Through most of the game, USMNT’s passing was on point and led to many good scoring chances. Behind high confidence and effective passing, the United States won 2-0 over a tough Panama side.

It was a game that the United States should have won, but they didn’t take that for granted, and put on a show in front of about 40,000 spectators. Jozy Altidore found his third goal in the last three USMNT games this month. Altidore’s goal came from you can guess — great passing. Midfielder Graham Zusi was out because of yellow card accumulation, but that did not matter, as both Demarcus Beasley and Eddie Johnson stepped up in his absence.

Not only was Johnson an effective passer, but he found his own goal in front of his home Seattle crowd. Johnson and Beasley led an effective United States passing scheme that now has the United States two points clear of Mexico with a game in hand.

So far in this round of hex qualifying, the United States has led to a deadly attack by Altidore and company. The high confidence started after their win over Germany and the United States hasn’t looked back. It is possible after next Tuesday’s match against Honduras that the United States could be leading the hex by as much as five points.

After Tuesday’s match against Panama, the United States 2014 World Cup qualifying hopes are looking high. Between high confidence and effective and accurate passing, team USA looks unstoppable. USA plays next against Honduras on June 18.

Phil Naegely is a writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.


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