Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey lead US men past Panama 2-0

Feb 8, 2015 5:57 PM

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Michael Bradley put a corner kick into the net in the 27th minute, and the United States snapped a five-game winless skid with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Sunday.

Clint Dempsey scored his 40th career goal later in the first half for the Americans, who wrapped up a monthlong training camp with their best result in 10 games since winning their opener at last year's World Cup.

The U.S. had won just once since beating Ghana in Brazil, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad looked considerably sharper in its home opener for a big year that includes the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaced Nick Rimando for the second half, finishing up the Americans' first shutout since their last victory, over the Czech Republic last September.

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