10-Man United States Men's National Soccer Team Defeats Panama 1-0

JohnCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 21:  Ricardo Clark #15 (R) of USA celebrates with teammates after scoring against Venezuela during the final moments of the friendly match at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 21, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. USA defeated Venezuela 1-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The U.S. men's national team defeated Panama 1-0 tonight in an international friendly at Panama City. 

With a roster consisting mostly of MLS players, the U.S. has won three straight games and improved their record to 4-4-1 since Jurgen Klinsmann was hired last July to replace Bob Bradley as coach.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi, earning only his second cap, scored the game's only goal from inside the penalty area during the ninth minute.  It was Zusi's first international goal.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, making his first international appearance in over a year, made a number of key saves in the first half to keep the American's ahead. 

The U.S. played a man down for much of the second half because center-back Geoff Cameron received a red card in the 52nd minute for taking down Blas Perez at the edge of the U.S. penalty area. 

World Cup veteran Ricardo Clark started for the Yanks for the first time since Ghana eliminated the U.S. from the 2010 World Cup.  Clark scored in the 97th minute on Saturday to win the game against Venezuela. 

Klinsmann switched formations from the 4-5-1 he deployed on Saturday to a 4-4-2 tonight as Chris Wondolowski started and paired with Teal Bunbury up top. 

The USMNT next plays Feb. 29 against Italy in Genoa, and qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins in June. 

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