January 11, 2015
2 GAMES, 0 WINS FOR U-20S
USA falls to Panama 1-0
KINGSTON, Jamaica Ė The U.S. Under-20 Menís National Team dropped a 1-0 decision to Panama in its second game of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park on Sunday evening before an announced attendance of 300.
Through the first 45 minutes, the U.S. dominated play much in the same way it did against Guatemala (1-1 tie) in its first match of the competition, generating chances by playing the ball down the wings and earning corners or free kicks within range of the Panama goal that nearly led to the U.S. taking the lead on a number of occasions.
Panama created some dangerous moments in the second half as the game stretched from end to end and found more room to operate. Carlos Small, who came on as a substitute in the game's 32nd minute, eventually scored the game-winner in the 78th minute.
The USA (0-1-1, 1 point) needs to beat Aruba (0-2-0, 0 pts.) in its next match (Wednesday, Jan. 14) in order to stay within sight of finishing toward the top of Group A and assuring a playoff spot when the teams are reseeded after group play concludes on Jan. 22.