The U.S. dominated Panama from start to finish and cruised to a 6-0 victory that put the Americans in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Eddie Johnson may not become a regular U.S. starter for another few years, but his game-changing speed and instincts for the goal are important elements that Bruce Arena's squad needs off the bench.
Halfway through the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. leads Group 1 with five points, but the team faces its toughest road test in this stage with a match vs. El Salvador on Oct. 9.
Clint Mathis has learned his lesson from a gesture he made toward club coach Ewald Lienen at Hannover 96 after scoring the game-winning goal on Sept. 25.
Kerry Zavagnin's strong play for the Western Conference-leading Kansas City Wizards this season has helped him move from being a fringe player on the edge of the 50-man National Team pool to a regular squad member.
The U.S. was outplayed for parts of the match against Sweden, but played smart and capitalized on its chances to get the win.
U.S. coach April Heinrichs is wary of Sweden's firepower, but she has many weapons at her disposal too, which will make it tough on any opposing team to defend throughout the tourney.