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USA vs. Panama: USMNT dominates in front of raucous Seattle crowd

Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson scored as the U.S. dominated Panama.

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Klinsmann's tinkering works, Chepo's doesn't

If Jose Manuel de la Torre's Mexico team goes down in flames at the Confederations Cup, it won't be because he tinkers with his lineup. Jurgen Klinsmann does the same thing, just more effectively.

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This is the most fun USMNT ever

The United States beat Panama 2-0 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night, and they did it playing the most entertaining soccer they've ever played. Previously one of the world's most boring teams, the USMNT is suddenly very watchable.

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Easy win for USMNT

The United States are on top of the Hex following their impressive victory over Panama on Tuesday night.

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Johnson makes it 2-0

Eddie Johnson has a goal on his home turf, and the United States look well on their way to coming away from Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier with three points. Panama are in some serious trouble now, down 2-0 after 53 minutes and without their best striker, Blas Perez.

While Johnson scored the goal, the assist was just as good. From a deep position in midfield -- right around the halfway line -- Geoff Cameron played a fantastic pass over the top of the Panamanian defense. Johnson timed his diagonal run into the center of the box from the right flank perfectly, staying onside by a step, then controlling Cameron's pass well. Jaime Penedo rushed out, but couldn't stop Johnson from finishing to the back post.

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Johnson is in the lineup for Graham Zusi, an entirely different kind of player. Zusi's done a great job in setting up others and helping the U.S. to keep possession, whereas Johnson is more of a speedster and goal-poacher. The USMNT has had to play a different kind of game with him in the team, but it's paid off.

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Jozy Altidore puts U.S. up 1-0

The United States are off to a fantastic start against Panama thanks to Jozy Altidore and a couple of the midfielders behind him. Following a Panama giveaway, the USMNT took off on a fast counter attack down the left and set up an easy finish for Altidore at the back post.

Michael Bradley started the meat of the move with a run forward down the middle and a lead pass down the left flank for an onrushing Fabian Johnson. The United States left midfielder hit an early cross from a deep spot to the back post where Altidore was waiting after making the perfect run.

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Altidore struggled in the first game of this summer camp for the United States against Belgium, but he's been great in their last three. He's scored in three consecutive games, netting goals against Germany, Jamaica and now Panama. This marks the first time in his USMNT career that Altidore has scored in three straight games.

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What Dempsey thinks of the field

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Yeah, it stinks.

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USA-Panama underway

The United States and Panama have kicked off their World Cup qualifier, and they'll both be encouraged by the 0-0 draw between Costa Rica and Mexico, even if they don't get a chance to be encouraged by it until after this match. that result gives both of these teams an excellent chance of qualifying for the World Cup, regardless of the result of this match.

With Graham Zusi and Jermaine Jones out, the roles of some other players have changed. Michael Bradley has come back deep to get the ball while playing next to Jones, giving his partner a chance to get forward while he holds his position. With Geoff Cameron in the game, Bradley's a bit more advanced and Cameroon is playing as a true defensive midfielder early.

Eddie Johnson's inclusion has changed things early as well. He's a pacy player who's excellent on the counter, while Zusi is a much more technically adept player. The U.S. is playing fast down that flank early, running Johnson onto the ball, as opposed to playing it into Zusi's feet and letting him create.

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USA vs. Panama: Lineups

Eddie Johnson and Geoff Cameron start for the United States against Panama in the absence of some key contributors.

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TV and stream info for USA-Panama

Stay up late after the Mexico game to watch the United States take on Panama in Seattle.

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Bradley the key for USMNT

No Jermaine Jones, no Graham Zusi, no Landon Donovan. Without three of their stars, the United States will need Michael Bradley to turn in one of his best performances yet.

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