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Omar Gonzalez defending
Even as the U.S. has picked up two wins over the past week, first in a friendly against Germany and then in an away win against Jamaica, the U.S. back line looked in constant disarray. And that’s to say nothing of the U.S.’ disastrous performance against Belgium just 13 days ago.
On Tuesday night against Jamaica, the center of the U.S. defense was only badly beaten once the entire night. Overall, both Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez put in very solid efforts.
Besler, in particular, was terrific (it was Gonzalez’s fault on Panama’s lone breakaway), but overall the organization and composure of the American defense was exponentially better than it has been over the past two weeks.
Perhaps Panama’s attack was just poor, or perhaps, more encouragingly, the U.S.’ young center-back tandem is finally starting to gel.