USA Vs. Panama, 2011 Gold Cup Semifinals: Scoreless At Halftime

It's been a solid first half for the United States in their Gold Cup semifinal, but they have failed to create scoring chances and as a result, the score is tied 0-0 at halftime with Panama looking rather unambitious. There's only been one clear cut scoring chance for either team in the first half and it didn't even hit the target, which should tell you a lot about how this game is going. The USMNT has plenty of possession, but not a lot in the way of shooting opportunities.

The best chance of the game came in the 25th minute, courtesy of Steve Cherundolo. Getting forward from his right back position, Cherundolo put in a cross from the right flank to the near post, where Juan Agudelo was making a run. The young striker didn't get the best contact on the ball and hit it into the ground. The ball bounced up and hit the crossbar, but was eventually cleared away and the United States failed to capitalize.

Landon Donovan started this game on the bench, and with the United States failing to create a goal, it wouldn't be surprising to see him enter right away after halftime. Bradley usually likes to wait until later to make his substitutions, but he might make an exception in this case. Alejandro Bedoya has looked dangerous, but slightly predictable, while Sacha Kljestan's positive play has been more about breaking up Panama's counters than actually creating anything going forward. It wouldn't be surprising to see Donovan come in for either one of those players.

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