USA vs Panama

The USA vs Panama soccer rivalry has been a significant fixture in North American and Caribbean football for decades. Both nations have competed fiercely in various tournaments, including World Cup qualifiers, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and friendly matches. Their encounters often showcase the growing strength of soccer in the region and highlight the contrasting styles and development of the sport in these two countries. see Lakers vs Nuggets

Comparison table: USA vs Panama

AspectUSAPanama
FIFA Ranking (as of April 2024)1341
World Cup Appearances111
Best World Cup FinishQuarter-finals (2002)Group Stage (2018)
CONCACAF Gold Cup Titles70
CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up Finishes61
Most Capped PlayerCobi Jones (164 caps)Gabriel Gómez (149 caps)
All-time Top ScorerClint Dempsey, Landon Donovan (57 goals each)Blas Pérez (43 goals)
First International MatchAugust 20, 1916 (vs. Sweden)February 12, 1938 (vs. Venezuela)
Biggest Win8-0 vs. Barbados (2008)12-1 vs. Puerto Rico (1946)
Worst Defeat11-0 vs. Norway (1948)11-0 vs. Costa Rica (1938)
Current Head CoachGregg BerhalterThomas Christiansen
Home StadiumVarious (no fixed national stadium)Estadio Rommel Fernández
NicknameThe Stars and Stripes, The YanksLos Canaleros (The Canal Men)
Continental ConfederationCONCACAFCONCACAF
First Meeting Between USA and PanamaNovember 12, 1996November 12, 1996
Head-to-Head Record (as of April 2024)19 wins3 wins
Draws in Head-to-Head44
Biggest Win in Head-to-HeadUSA 6-0 Panama (2004)Panama 2-1 USA (2011)
Most Recent MeetingOctober 15, 2023 (Friendly)October 15, 2023 (Friendly)
Result of Most Recent MeetingUSA 3-0 PanamaPanama 0-3 USA
World Cup Qualification RecordQualified for 2026 (co-host)Failed to qualify for 2022
Olympic Soccer Appearances (Men’s)140
Best Olympic Finish (Men’s)4th place (2000)N/A
Women’s National Team FIFA Ranking258
Women’s World Cup Appearances90
Women’s World Cup Titles40
Women’s Olympic Appearances70
Women’s Olympic Gold Medals40
Youth Development SystemWell-establishedDeveloping
Professional League StrengthMLS (strong)LPF (moderate)
Number of Professional Teams29 (MLS)10 (LPF)
Average Attendance in Top League22,123 (MLS 2023)~5,000 (LPF estimate)
Number of Foreign-Based Players in National TeamHighModerate
Style of PlayAthletic, tacticalPhysical, counter-attacking
Notable RivalriesMexico, CanadaCosta Rica, Honduras
CONCACAF Nations League Titles20
CONCACAF Nations League Best FinishChampions (2021, 2023)Third Place (2021)
FIFA U-20 World Cup Appearances174
FIFA U-17 World Cup Appearances174
Highest Transfer Fee Paid for a Player$73 million (Christian Pulisic to Chelsea)$7.5 million (Román Torres to Seattle Sounders)
Number of Players in Top 5 European Leagues30+5-10
Average Age of National Team25.3 years27.1 years
National Team Budget (estimated)$100+ million$10-20 million
Football Association Founded19131937
FIFA Affiliation Year19141938
Most Appearances in Gold Cup168
Gold Cup Top ScorerClint Dempsey (13 goals)Luis Tejada (5 goals)
Highest FIFA Ranking Achieved4th (April 2006)26th (March 2015)
Lowest FIFA Ranking35th (July 2012)150th (August 1995)
Number of Different Head Coaches (last 20 years)612
Average Tenure of Head Coach (last 20 years)3.3 years1.7 years
Player with Most World Cup AppearancesDaMarcus Beasley (11 matches)Román Torres (3 matches)
Largest Victory in World Cup3-0 vs. Belgium (1930)N/A
Number of Players in FIFA 1002 (Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm)0
FIFA World Player of the Year Winners00
Ballon d’Or Nominations2 (Christian Pulisic, 2017; Claudio Reyna, 2002)0
Number of Naturalized Players in Current Squad2-35-7
Major Tournament Hosted1994 FIFA World Cup, 2026 FIFA World Cup (co-host)2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Number of FIFA-Accredited Referees10+3-5
Number of Professional Women’s Teams12 (NWSL)0 (No professional league)
Average Attendance Women’s League7,894 (NWSL 2023)N/A
Youth National TeamsU-23, U-20, U-18, U-17, U-16, U-15U-23, U-20, U-17
Number of FIFA-Accredited Academies20+2-3
National Team Sponsorship Value (estimated)$50+ million annually$2-5 million annually
Number of Soccer-Specific Stadiums20+2-3
Largest Soccer-Specific StadiumDignity Health Sports Park (27,000)Estadio Rommel Fernández (32,000)
Average Stadium Capacity for National Team Games40,000+25,000
TV Rights Value for National Team Games (estimated)$100+ million annually$5-10 million annually
Number of Active Players4.2 million50,000
Registered Youth Players3 million+20,000+
Number of Clubs24,000+300+
Number of Registered Referees140,000+1,000+
Annual Budget for Youth Development$20+ million$1-2 million
Number of Indoor Soccer Facilities1,000+10-20
Number of Artificial Turf Fields12,000+50-100
Number of Grass Fields500,000+1,000+
Soccer Participation Rate7.4% of population2% of population
Number of Soccer Coaches300,000+2,000+
Licensed Coaches (highest level)5,000+100-200
Annual Revenue from Merchandise Sales (estimated)$50+ million$1-2 million
Social Media Followers (all platforms combined)10+ million500,000+
Number of International Tournaments Hosted10+2-3
Average Player Salary in Top League$410,730 (MLS 2023)$25,000-$50,000 (LPF estimate)
Highest Paid Player in National TeamChristian Pulisic ($11.5 million/year)Aníbal Godoy ($1 million/year)
Number of Players in FIFA 22 Game1,000+200-300
Number of Soccer-themed Movies/Documentaries20+2-3
Soccer Video Game Sales (annual, estimated)$100+ million$1-2 million
Number of Soccer Journalism Outlets100+10-20
Soccer Betting Market Size (estimated)$2+ billion$50-100 million
Number of Soccer-Focused Charities/Foundations50+5-10
Note: The data in this comparison table is current as of April 2024.

It’s important to note that soccer statistics and rankings can change rapidly, especially with ongoing tournaments and matches. The figures presented here offer a snapshot of the current state of soccer in both countries, highlighting the significant differences in resources, achievements, and overall development of the sport. While the USA has made substantial progress on the international stage, particularly in recent decades, Panama continues to work on building its soccer infrastructure and improving its global standing.