U.S. Men's National Team Set for FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Panama in Seattle
Seattle, WA — Fresh off a massive road victory against Jamaica, the U.S. Men's National Team hits the halfway point of Final Round Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when it hosts Panama at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff for the first qualifier in Seattle since 1976 is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and UniMas. (Watch at Official U.S. Soccer Bars). Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
Having collected its first ever World Cup Qualifying victory on Jamaican soil, the U.S has seven points from their first four matches (three on the road) and is tied with Mexico and Costa Rica at the top of the group. Costa Rica holds a superior goal differential, while the Mexicans have played one extra game.
The U.S. enters the match sporting a 23-match unbeaten run in qualifying at home, the 21-0-2 record dating back to 2001. Following the Panama match, the United States heads to Salt Lake City where it will face Honduras at a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (AS Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)