Upside: A bit of a rollercoaster

Their Words

“It’s always difficult, especially on the road. That puts pressure to get three points at home. It’s always must-win at home and a bit of a rollercoaster. If we manage to get good results in the next games it will put us in a good position in the table.” US National Team player Clint Dempsey

The Radar

  1. USA – Panama.
  2. World Cup Qualifying.
  3. The CONCACAF Hex table.
  4. US Open Cup.
  5. The summer transfer window.

Ten Stories

Will Seattle deliver hot atmosphere? – from Fox Soccer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or so the reasoning went.

Emerald City hopes to sparkle as U.S. soccer host – from The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz: Meanwhile, national team players gave CenturyLink Field’s pitch mixed assessments bottoming out at “far from ideal.”

Will USMNT’s newfound harmony be tested as Jurgen Klinsmann is forced into another lineup shift? – from MLSsoccer.con’s Jonah Freedman: “Guys are fighting to get back in the team and play.”

Brad Davis is eager to take advantage of USMNT chance – from The Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz: “I think he’s doing really well,” Klinsmann said.

Three things to watch for US national team vs. Panama – from Pro Soccer Talk’s Joe Prince-Wright: 1. Track your man and stay switched on at set pieces

Canaleros offer difficult test – from Soccer America’s Paul Kennedy: The USA, on the other hand, is the changed team since two years.

D.C. UNITED’S ROCHAT RIPS TRADE EXPERIENCE AS ‘TERRIBLE,’ NOT ‘HUMAN’ – from Soccer By Ives’ Thomas Floyd: his roommate Sebastien Le Toux stepped into the hotel hallway a Whitecaps player, then returned moments later as a New York Red Bull.

Focused attack pays off for RSL – from The Standard-Examiner’s Justin Johnson: “It’s a numbers game for me and numbers mean commitments because there is a lot of ground to cover.”

Sporting KC forward Teal Bunbury eager to return – from The Kansas City Star’s Tod Palmer: Still, Vermes didn’t rule out the possibility Bunbury could see a few minutes.

Feel The Love: The Return Of Bradford City – from 200%: It takes a lot to want to remain a part of that community.

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