U.S. Soccer

U.S. Men vs. Panama


Castrol Index: MNT Concludes Qualifying with Dramatic 3-2 Win against Panama

The USA concluded its 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign with a dramatic 3-2 win against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. The come-from-behind win featured two goals in second-half stoppage time for the USA, which turned the tables on host Panama and stunned the crowd at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Panama led 2-1 heading into injury time and was on the verge of qualifying for its first FIFA World Cup. But a gritty U.S. performance turned into two very late goals, first by midfielder Graham Zusi and then by forward Aron Johannsson.

Zusi was at the top of the match index, racking up 1,153 points for his complete performance and goal that tied the score at 2-2. The Castrol Index rewards shots taken from close distance, given their higher conversion probability, so Zusi's towering header from close range was particularly lucrative.

Defender Michael Orozco was second in the index. Orozco scored the USA's first goal of the game, off of a corner kick from midfielder Brad Davis. Fellow defender Edgar Castillo was third in the chart. Castillo got forward well and had an excellent completed pass ratio (62/68 for 91 percent). On the defensive side, Castillo cleared a ball off the line in the second half.

Defender Omar Gonzalez still leads the overall rankings, with forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard rounding out an unchanged top three. In the per-match index, which rewards the best performances per-minute, rather than overall contribution, Gonzalez is still first. Howard and Zusi are second and third, respectively.

Castrol Index
Rank Player Name Position Minutes Played Index
1 Graham Zusi Midfielder 90 1153
2 Michael Orozco Defender 90 1120
3 Edgar Castillo Defender 90 826
4 Alejandro Bedoya Midfielder 90 620
5 Sacha Kljestan Midfielder 90 565
6 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder 90 505
7 Clarence Goodson Defender 90 484
8 Brad Davis Midfielder 35 428
9 Brad Guzan Goalkeeper 90 419
10 Aron Johannsson Forward 29 270
11 Jozy Altidore Forward 76 230
12 Terrence Boyd Forward 14 216
13 Mikkel Diskerud Midfielder 61 150
14 Brad Evans Midfielder 55 137