US v Panama
1:00 pm PST – StubHub Center – Carson, CA
ESPN, UniMas, UDN
The USMNT will take on Panama, a familiar CONCACAF opponent, in the annual “Cupcake Camp” in Carson this Sundayafternoon. The U.S. hasn’t won a match since beating the Czech Republic away in September and has conceded 11 goals in 6 games since. Regardlesss, we can assure you that the winless streak shall be broken into the pieces by the mighty yanks and their #crushing spirits, as we’ve been spending time with the crystal ball lately. Who can forget the last two meetings between these two teams? For those who did, the US #exterminated Panama’s Gold Cup hopes in the summer of 2013 and then #decimated their World Cup dreams later that year in WCQ. While it was nice to beat them away in qualifying, seeing the Panamanians having dreams shredded apart did also tug at the heart for some of the more gentle souls of AO.
Since then, things have calmed a bit since, right? The USMNT have been training the last few weeks in LA following a disappointing 3-2 defeat in Chile, off-field distractions seem to be overshadowing the headlines after some recent public comments coming from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Despite the outcry from the media and fans, we know what’s important: the fact that we will never stop supporting our boys and making our presence known in the stands. We don’t know much, but one thing is for damn sure…… they’ll hear us. They may also see us eating a lot of cupcakes.
Klinsy certainly did some fidgeting with tactics the against Chile, switching to the 3-5-2. This change seemed to pay immediate #dividends when Brek Shea scored within 10 minutes, but we eventually succumbed to a 3-2 defeat, which caused many Outlaws to consume an inordinate amount of beverages later that evening. No time for gloating. The focus quickly shifts to Panama, who will likely be looking for some #revenge. Here is the USMNT squad:
GK: Johnson, Kempin, Rimando
DEF: Besler, Birnbaum, Hedges, Jones, Kitchen, O’Neill, Yedlin
MID: Bradley, Diskerud, Gil, Ibarra, Nguyen, Serna, Shea, Trapp
FOR: Altidore, Dempsey, Wondolowski, Zardes
For those in LA, here are some details about the events surrounding the game.
2pm PT @ StubHub Field #7
Check support some of your AO compatriots play each other in a 11v11 scrimmage, with guests Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, and Warren Barton. Fox will be filming and the former internationals will be shaking hands with you. Cupcakes will be available for ingesting.
7:30pm @ Underground Pub & Grill
1332 Hermosa Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Come sing the songs and drink the drinks. $2 off domestic pitchers, $1 of fireball, $1 off #jameson, $3 off fish & chips, free hugs and high-fives.
Sunday 2/8 #Gameday
StubHub Center - Lot 11 (Northwest corner of lot on grass)
10am – 12pm
Pregame with your AO Family and get riled up. We’ll provide the grub and water. You provide your passion. No grills allowed at SHC, just love.
We will be #united when we march into the stadium
For those who aren’t in LA, here are your local watch parties: www.theamericanoutlaws.com/chapters
You are loved,