USMNT vs Panama

The “USMNT vs Panama” rivalry has intensified over the years, with both teams competing fiercely in World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cup tournaments, and friendly matches. The matchup between the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) and Panama has been a recurring fixture in international soccer, particularly within the CONCACAF region. Their encounters have often been closely contested, showcasing the growing competitiveness of soccer in North and Central America.

Comparison table : USMNT vs Panama

AspectUSMNTPanama
FIFA Ranking (as of April 2024)1341
World Cup Appearances111
Best World Cup Finish3rd Place (1930)Group Stage (2018)
CONCACAF Gold Cup Titles70
CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up Finishes61
First International Match19161938
All-time Top ScorerClint Dempsey (57 goals)Blas Pérez (43 goals)
All-time Most Capped PlayerCobi Jones (164 caps)Gabriel Gómez (149 caps)
Head-to-Head Wins162
Head-to-Head Draws44
Head-to-Head Losses216
Biggest Victory in H2H6-0 (2004)3-2 (2011)
Current Head CoachGregg BerhalterThomas Christiansen
Home StadiumVariousEstadio Rommel Fernández
NicknameThe Stars and StripesLos Canaleros
Continental ConfederationCONCACAFCONCACAF
Highest FIFA Ranking4th (2006)29th (2018)
Lowest FIFA Ranking35th (2012)150th (1995)
Olympic Gold Medals00
Olympic Silver Medals00
Olympic Bronze Medals10
CONCACAF Nations League Titles20
U-20 World Cup Appearances177
U-17 World Cup Appearances174
Women’s National Team FIFA Ranking1st55th
Women’s World Cup Titles40
Most Goals Scored in a Single Match8 (vs Barbados, 2008)12 (vs Anguilla, 2021)
Largest Margin of Victory8-0 (vs Barbados, 2008)13-0 (vs Anguilla, 2021)
First World Cup Qualification19302018
Most Recent World Cup Qualification20222018
CONCACAF Championship/Gold Cup Appearances3210
Copa América Invitations40
Best Copa América Finish4th Place (1995, 2016)N/A
FIFA Confederations Cup Appearances40
Best Confederations Cup Finish2nd Place (2009)N/A
CONCACAF Nations League Appearances22
Highest Goal Scorer in a Calendar YearLandon Donovan (12 goals, 2007)Luis Tejada (11 goals, 2005)
Most Appearances in a Calendar YearKasey Keller (23 games, 1994)Román Torres (18 games, 2018)
Youngest Goal ScorerChristian Pulisic (17 years, 253 days)Roberto Chen (17 years, 357 days)
Oldest Goal ScorerDaMarcus Beasley (35 years, 202 days)Blas Pérez (37 years, 43 days)
Most World Cup GoalsLandon Donovan, Clint Dempsey (4 each)Felipe Baloy (1)
Most World Cup AppearancesDaMarcus Beasley (11)Gabriel Gómez, Román Torres (3 each)
Longest Unbeaten Streak25 matches (2013-2015)15 matches (2017-2018)
Longest Winning Streak12 matches (2021)6 matches (2013)
Most Clean SheetsBrad Friedel (82)Jaime Penedo (35)
Highest Transfer Fee Paid for a PlayerChristian Pulisic ($73 million)Román Torres ($4 million)
MLS Players in Current Squad153
European-based Players in Current Squad138
Average Age of Current Squad25.3 years27.1 years
Number of Naturalized Players in Current Squad24
Most Appearances in World Cup QualifiersLandon Donovan (40)Gabriel Gómez (49)
Most Goals in World Cup QualifiersClint Dempsey (18)Luis Tejada (15)
FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour HostYes (2014, 2022)No
FIFA U-20 World Cup HostYes (2003)No
FIFA U-17 World Cup HostNoNo
CONCACAF Gold Cup HostMultiple timesNever
Official Supporters GroupAmerican OutlawsFrente Roja
National Team Development AcademyYesYes
Professional League Founded1996 (MLS)1988 (LPF)
Number of Professional Clubs29 (MLS)10 (LPF)
Highest Club CompetitionCONCACAF Champions LeagueCONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Champions League Titles (Clubs)20
Players in UEFA Champions League (Current Season)40
Players in UEFA Europa League (Current Season)31
National Team Annual Budget$100 million (approx.)$15 million (approx.)
Youth National TeamsU-23, U-20, U-18, U-17, U-16, U-15U-23, U-20, U-17, U-15
Women’s Professional LeagueNational Women’s Soccer LeagueNo professional league
Participation in Iconic World Cup Moments“Dos a Cero” vs Mexico, 2002 World Cup QF vs GermanyFirst World Cup goal vs England (2018)
Notable Victories Against Non-CONCACAF TeamsSpain (2009), Germany (2015)Bolivia (2018), Trinidad and Tobago (2017)
Current CaptainTyler AdamsAníbal Godoy
Most Appearances as CaptainMichael Bradley (48)Felipe Baloy (55)
National Team SponsorsNike, Volkswagen, VisaNew Balance, Cable & Wireless
TV Rights HolderTurner Sports, HBO MaxRPC TV
Social Media Followers (All Platforms)10+ million500,000+
National Soccer Hall of FameYes (Frisco, Texas)No
Notable Underdog VictoriesPortugal (2002 World Cup), Spain (2009 Confederations Cup)USA (2011 Gold Cup), Mexico (2013 WCQ)
Record Attendance (Home Match)93,869 (vs Mexico, 1994)32,256 (vs USA, 2013)
Record Attendance (Away Match)110,000 (vs Mexico, 2009)87,000 (vs Mexico, 2009)
Most Used Formation4-3-34-4-2
Style of PlayPossession-based, high-pressingCounter-attacking, physical
Notable Youth AcademiesIMG Academy, Philadelphia Union AcademyTauro FC, San Francisco FC
Players in Top 5 European Leagues25+5+
Average Attendance (Home Matches)40,000+20,000+
World Cup Qualification Win Percentage65%35%
Gold Cup Win Percentage80%45%
Nations League Win Percentage85%50%
All-Time Win Percentage (FIFA ‘A’ Matches)55%40%
FIFA World Ranking Points1635.251466.38
Official MascotNoneNone
National Team Documentary“The U.S. and the Wall” (2022)“Nada Es Imposible” (2018)
Major Tournament Hosted1994 FIFA World Cup, 2016 Copa América Centenario2022 U-20 CONCACAF Championship
Current Generation Nickname“Golden Generation”“Panama’s Golden Generation”
Notable Clubs Producing National Team PlayersLA Galaxy, New York Red BullsTauro FC, Sporting San Miguelito
Most Goals in a Calendar Year (Team)56 (2013)33 (2018)
Fewest Goals Conceded in a Calendar Year10 (2008)14 (2018)
Longest Home Unbeaten Streak47 matches (2001-2004)13 matches (2017-2018)
Most Appearances in Final Tournament SquadsDaMarcus Beasley (11)Gabriel Gómez (8)
Highest FIFA Award Individual WinnerNoneNone
Players in FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11NoneNone
Players to Have Scored in Multiple World CupsClint Dempsey, Landon DonovanNone
Nations League Goals Scored157
Nations League Goals Conceded39
World Cup Qualifying Goals (2022 Cycle)2117
World Cup Qualifying Goals Conceded (2022 Cycle)1019

Note: The data in this comparison table is current as of April 2024.

It’s important to note that soccer statistics and rankings are constantly evolving, with new matches and tournaments affecting various aspects of both teams’ records. For the most up-to-date information, especially regarding recent matches, current squad compositions, and latest FIFA rankings, it’s advisable to consult official sources such as FIFA, CONCACAF, or the respective national soccer federations of the United States and Panama.