Sounders Clint Dempsey Influential In USMNT Draw

Jul 13, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) kicks the ball as Panama defender Erick Davis (15) defends in the second half during CONCACAF Gold Cup group play at Sporting Park. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey started the first half of the USMNT’s Gold Cup match against Panama from the bench, but was introduced after half-time, along with former Sounder FC star DeAndre Yedlin. Shortly after their introduction, the USMNT had scored to even the match at 1-1.

In front of a vocal crowd at Sporting Park in Kansas City, the USMNT secured the draw with Panama in their final Gold Cup group match when Michael Dempsey fired in a shot off of Alejandro Bedoya’s cross into the 6 yard box. Seattle’s Dempsey had linked up with Gyasi Zardes around the outside of the box previously, which led to the Bedoya cross in the first place.

You can watch the goal here.

With advancement into the knockout stages already secured thanks to their success in the first 2 matches, the draw against Panama simply cemented their place at the top of Group A with 7 points. Dempsey either scored or notched an assist on each of the goals scored by the USMNT, while his Seattle teammate Brad Evans started and played right back in the first two matches, victories against Haiti and Honduras.

For the history fans among us, the USMNT now owns a 12-1-3 record all time against the Panamanians, who we defeated in the 2013 Gold Cup final. Panama had lost their last 6 matches against the US before Monday’s draw.

Looking ahead, the USA will head to Baltimore, Maryland to play a quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium. Sounders fans could have more interest in that match, as Marco Pappa’s Guatemala could be the USA opponent in that match pending the results of their match against Cuba.