United States 1, Panama 1, tie
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) _ Dante Washington gave the United States the lead nine minutes into the game but Wilfredo Mojica equalized 10 minutes later as the Americans and Panama played a 1-1 tie Sunday in an Olympic soccer qualifer.
The United States (1-0-1) leads Group C of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with three points. Panama (0-0-1) is second and Haiti (0-1) is third.
The top team from each of the three groups and the best second-place team will advance to the regional finals. Two teams from the region will qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1992, Olympic soccer is limited to players under 23 years old. The United States used three players who have played for its national team: Washington, Chris Henderson and Troy Dayak.
Washington took a pass from Dayak and scored on a 15-yarder. The United States had problems with the 95-degree temperature and gave up an unassited goal to Mojica.
″We had plenty of opportunities, but couldn’t get it in,″ U.S. coach Lothar Osiander said. ″The finishing was disappointing. We knocked on the door for ninety minute, but it just didn’t happen for us.
″We couldn’t use our speed to attack because the field was not in good shape, and of course the heat affected us. We got to the goal often, but we had an abundance of missed opportunities.″