In a night of debuts for the USMNT, it was Chicago Fire forward Djordje Mihailovic making the most of his. Mihailovic scored in his first game for the USMNT, making the difference in the 1-0 win over Panama at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In front of a sparse crowd, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter marked his own debut by giving five players theirs. That included Mihailovic who put the USMNT up in the 40th minute. Nick Lima also made the most of his, setting up Walker Zimmerman's header to double the lead in the 80th minute. Late substitute Christian Ramirez made it 3-0 in the 89th, also scoring on his USMNT debut.
Berhalter started his substitutions midway through the second-half. That included subbing on goalkeeper Sean Johnson for starter Zack Steffen in the 74th minute. Berhalter used all six substitutes, given more players their USMNT debuts. The USMNT now looks forward to playing Costa Rica on Saturday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose (3:30pm ET - Fox).
"I think there were some good things," Berhalter told ESPN following the game. "We talked about, after two-and-a-half weeks in training, what we were going to be able to implement. But I think we have enough now to work with. When I see some of the ideas and some of the concepts we're executing, it's going to give us a nice platform to continue to grow."
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Panama
Date: January 27, 2019
Venue:State Farm Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff:8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time)
Weather:66 degrees; partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
PAN 0 0 0
USA - Djordje Mihailovic (Cory Baird) 40th Minute
USA - Walker Zimmerman (Nick Lima) 80
USA - Christian Ramirez (Jonathan Lewis) 88
USA: 1-Zack Steffen (12-Sean Johnson, 74); 2-Nick Lima, 25-Walker Zimmerman, 3-Aaron Long (capt.), 5-Daniel Lovitz; 4-Michael Bradley (6-Wil Trapp 84); 10-Cristian Roldan, 8-Djordje Mihailovic (17-Sebastian Lletget, 62); 7-Corey Baird (14-Paul Arriola, 75), 9-Gyasi Zardes (21-Christian Ramirez, 84), 11-Jeremy Ebobisse (18-Jonathan Lewis, 66)
Substitutes not used: 13-Reggie Cannon, 16-Russell Canouse, 23-Auston Trusty
Head Coach: Gregg Berhalter
PAN: 1-Eddie Roberts (12-Orlando Mosquera, 74); 3-Guillermo Benítez (17-Iván Anderson, 46), 4-Fidel Escobar (capt.), 13-Édgar Góndola, 2-Francisco Palacios; 11-Luis Cañate (7-Ángel Orelién, 65), 8-Adalberto Carrasquilla (14-Carlos Harvey, 46), 6-Ernesto Walker (20-Rolando Botello, 71), 10-Omar Browne (16-Edson Samms, 46); 9-Ernesto Sinclair, 18-Abdiel Arroyo
Substitutes not used: 15-José Garibaldi
Head coach: Gary Stempel
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 17 / 10
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 3
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Morales (MEX)
4th Official: Diego Montano (MEX)
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