Wondolowski Gets Chippy in USMNT 2-0 Victory Against Panama
Chris Wondolowski got called up once again by Jurgen Klinnsman for the January USMNT “Cupcake Camp.” He played in both games, against Chile and Panama, but did not manage to tally a goal in either.
After the US jumped to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, Wondo was subbed in for Jozy Altidore who was having some hamstring issues. Wondo had a golden opportunity in front of net, but a funny deflection led him to whiff on the first attempt, and miss his pass on the second attempt. Of course, USMNT fans everywhere jumped on his back, but as /u/catch_th3m_all pointed out on /r/MLS:
So did Zardes. So did Dempsey. [miss chances] Not everyone connected this afternoon. If anything, Zardes and Dempsey’s whiffs were worse than Wondo’s but there is no talk about those. Lazy shot at Wondo for a miss that wasn’t even from a good angle on goal.
It was a solid win for the USMNT, who hadn’t seen a winless streak like the one they were experiencing since 2007. Plenty of controversy and conversation about Jurgen Klinnsman’s management of his team arose, but this win will certainly quiet down some of those talks. The US lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation after taking a lot of heat for their “failed” 3-5-2. Apart from some sloppy play at the beginning of the game, (especially from DeAndre Yedlin and Brek Shea on the backline) the Yanks dominated Panama for the most part. The US seemed to have possession of the ball for the majority of the second half, and did not allow any big scoring chances either.
The game did get a bit chippy as well. Jozy Altidore went at it with FC Dallas striker Blas Perez in the first half. DeAndre Yedlin also picked up a slight injury on a hard tackle in the second half. Wondo also went at it with a Panama player, which certainly drew a lot of smiles: