After a day to cool off, here are some post-Panama reactions from Roger Bennett and Doug McIntyre. US Soccer’s Youtube channel also had some post-game interviews.
There was about 23435325457 different funny tweets after the game dealing with the US helping out Mexico. As for two of the better things, here is a Mexican announcer losing his stuff after Zusi’s goal. And here is Chicharito (a.k.a. ChicharitLOL) losing his stuff on the bench after hearing about Zusi’s goal.
If you haven’t read Will’s review of Tim Howard’s performance from last Friday, check that out here. His review of Guzan’s game against Panama will be up later today.
After the two wins, the US still stays at #13 in the latest FIFA rankings, but have jumped up to tied for #12 with France in the Elo ratings (they were #15 going into Tuesday’s game).
As for some random stats after Tuesday’s game:
+ The US has now scored a goal in 17 straight games, the second-longest streak in USMNT history (2004-05; 23 straight games).
+ The US is 15-1-0 in its last 16 games. Pretty impressive.
+ The US is averaging 2.43 goals per game in 2013, which would shatter the calendar year record of 2.14 in 2008. Even if the US is held scoreless in its last two games, it will still set a new record at 2.22 goals per game.
Timothy Chandler could have a new manager who has already coached Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson as Nurnberg are apparently interested in hiring Gertjan Verbeek.
Verbeek’s old job at AZ Alkmaar has been filled as Earnie Stewart has decided to appoint former PSV manager Dick Advocaat. So Aron Johannsson will have an experienced manager.
Andrew Wiebe spoke to Jozy Altidore over the weekend about Sunderland’s struggles so far in 2013-14.
Bob Bradley and Egypt lost 6-1 to Ghana in the first leg of its African qualifying playoff matchup on Tuesday. There were some reports out of Egypt that Bradley was fired, but the Egyptian FA head told the BBC that he won’t be fired due to a $366,000 buy-out clause. Grant Wahl also spoke to Bradley via e-mail after the game and Bradley said he will stand with the team for the second leg next month if its up to him.
As for some news on some young players, 17-year-old Junior Flores went 45 minutes for Borussia Dortmund in a friendly with first teamers and reserves against Cologne. And there appears to be some interest from MLS teams for Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas.