USA v. Panama: 2011 Gold Cup Semifinal Preview

Cody WorshamCorrespondent IJune 21, 2011

After falling to Los Canaleros 2-1 in the second game of Group C play, the American soccer scene was in turmoil. Bob Bradley's seat was hotter than hell's recliners, as America's favorite scapegoat absorbed much of the brunt for a historically awful loss.

And fairly so — the U.S. are a better, more talented team than the Panamanians, and any such loss should be met with both disappointment and criticism.

However, after rewatching the game film — credit a tasty concoction of journalistic impartiality, CONCACAF TV's On Demand Feature, and liquid courage — it became clear that Bradley's tactics weren't necessarily to blame.