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CONCACAF Gold Cup
28 July 2013
• Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Referee: J. Aguilar
• Attendance: 57920
B. Shea 69'
This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab), hoped you enjoyed Goal's coverage of the Gold Cup. Stay posted on the site as we'll have all of latest from postgame.
Jurgen Klinsmann has made his way on the field and he should be pretty happy considering that its his first title as U.S. boss.
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Yellow Card Brek Shea
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Yellow Card J. Jiménez
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THE USA WINS ITS FIFTH GOLD CUP!!!!! The U.S. players all run to the center of the field to celebrate and fans are elated to stick around and watch the Gold Cup trophy presentation.
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Yellow Card Leonel Parrish
Yellow Card Eddie Johnson
Omar Gonzalez gets his first minute of Gold Cup action as he comes in for Bedoya.
A confrontation between Johnson and Parrish leads to the U.S. striker getting a yellow. Johnson responded to the defender trying to headbutt him with a shove to the chest.
Loud chants of USA are pouring in from Soldier Field's stands as fans sense that the team is about to get its fifth Gold Cup trophy.
Nervy moments for the U.S. as Panama gets a rare corner but the team responds by quickly retrieving the ball and sends it flying out of the penalty box.
Another blown chance for the U.S. as Shea's pinpoint low cross to Johnson in front of goal is blown as the striker struck the ball too hard.
Though Shea blew that one chance, his hold up play has been effective. He gives the U.S. another target man up top.
Shea had a clear chance to ice the final victory for the U.S. as he had an open goal shot just outside of the box but hesitated and passed to Donovan.
Gomez is coming off as Panama looks for more attacking players. In the first half, he was clearly the team's MVP breaking up some of the U.S. attacks.
Looks like my crowd prediction is way off as Soldier Field packed quickly after the first few minutes. 57,920 fans in attendance.
Panama has changed its approach since conceding the goal but the U.S. is quick to block any build ups in the midfield.
The U.S. appears to be sparked by Shea's goal and has turned it up on offense.
Assist Alejandro Bedoya
Goal Brek Shea
GOAL!!!!! Shea scores in his first minute of action coming in for Corona. INSTANT IMPACT!!!
Another good Landon Donovan free kick goes begging as Corona's header fails to find the goal. If there's one area where Donovan is excelling its set pieces.
It's been a tough game for Donovan, Corona and Bedoya as Panama's pressing and physical play has limited their opportunities.
Yellow Card Alejandro Bedoya
Bedoya receives a yellow card for a poor challenge. Is frustration starting to kick in?
Stats update: U.S. has held ball 75 percent of the time and but has been wasteful on ball with no shots on target.
Donovan misses a clear sitter right in front of goal as Beasley found him wide open on a cross. He shows his clear frustration by yelling towards goal.
The reason why this game is tied is due to Panama's great defense on set pieces. Aside from Goodson's close miss, the team has swarmed the U.S. in each attempt.
So far the U.S. continues to be far more aggressive, I wonder if Klinsmann was able to call in a halftime prep talk?
U.S. is much more aggressive to start and sets up a Donovan free kick.
Tough miss for Goodson as Donovan's free kick finds his head but the defender isn't able to turn it towards goal.
Second half kicks off! Panama starts possession.
First half ends and its a pretty cagey affair despite the U.S. dominating the ball. Panama has been more dangerous when its been on offense. Interesting to see what changes are made considering that Klinsmann isn't on the field. Tweet your questions to me on twitter @sportslab.
There's only one minute of added time which is laughable considering that Holden, Torres and Gomez were down on the field for at six minutes combined.
The U.S. attack is getting more dangerous, as this time Bedoya cuts inside and launches a shot that gets blocked by keeper Penedo.
Panama blocked arguably the U.S.'s best chance of the game as Besler's shot inside the box gets stopped by Gomez two yards in front of goal.
There was a short break after Rodriguez went down with a knock on his knee. The U.S. has possession again after a Panama goal kick.
Gomez continues to give the U.S. problems as he blocks another opportunity for the Stars and Stripes. The U.S. has its fifth corner of the match.
The U.S. continues to maintain strong possession lead at 77 percent but Panama has arguably been more dangerous. The team's counterattacks have been lead to some shots on goal.
Torres has a poor touch on the ball right next to goal and falls to the ground claiming he's injured.
Big time save by Panama there as Donovan's corner almost finds Besler in front of goal.
Bedoya's cross is blocked by Panama's defense, creating another corner for the U.S.
Mix Diskerud is coming on for Holden. Crowd's enthusiasm has silenced since Holden's injury.
The right knee is where Holden has had numerous surgeries in the past.
Holden gets up, which is a good sign, and heads to the sideline. The U.S. is warming up subs. Considering Holden's injury history, let's hope this isn't serious.
A scene no one wants to see in Chicago. Holden is down on the ground after suffering a blow on his right knee.
Landon Donovan delivers corner straight into Panama defense but pickpockets the ball quickly. Tries to cross in back into the box but no luck and Panama quickly counters.
Based on early stats, the U.S. has dominated Panama in possession holding the ball 75 percent of the time. Also leading in pass percentage with 81 percent to 53 percent.
U.S. counters off of Panama's corner take but isn't able to take full advantage as Holden's long range blast heads into the stands. Goal kick for Panama.
Scary sequence there for the U.S. there creates a corner for Panama. Torres crosses into Gomez and Parkhurst just nudges it out of bounds conceding a set piece for the opposition.
Sick interception and then overhead pass by Panama's Gomez. So far the team has prevailed in keeping the U.S. out of their half. It's still early though.
Parkhurst tweaks his leg a bit when pulling up to stop. So far, he hasn't limped up the field which is a good sign.
Panama is playing very compact to start. With Jurgen Klinsmann suspended, its imperative that the U.S. gets off to a good start. If Panama scores first, that's when the team could miss its head coach.
U.S. KICKS OFF, let's get this game going.
US KICKS OFF!! Let's get this Final going.
Both teams shake hands and the match is about to start. While Soldier Field is at half capacity, the crowd is clearly into the match cheering loudly.
National anthems for both teams are about to start.
Players are making their way out to the field and the Gold Cup trophy is sitting in front of the entry tunnel. Crowd is as expected considering that Mexico didn't make the final. If I had to make a rough estimate, approximately 35,000 fans are at Soldier Field.
Donovan is the USA's all-time leader in appearances (32) and goals (18) in the Gold Cup. He has played in six Gold Cups, the most of any player in history.
The teams met in the final of the 2005 Gold Cup, a 0-0 draw that was decided in penalties. Kasey Keller, currently on assignment as the U.S. goalkeeper coach, stood in goal. His counterpart was Jaime Penedo, who is still the starting keeper for Panama.
The U.S. hopes to pad its record winning streak with an 11th straight win and is seeking its fifth Gold Cup trophy.
The United States holds a 9-1-2 lifetime record against Panama, including an 8-1-1 record on U.S. soil. Eight of the 13 games have been decided by a goal or less.
Some fun stats on USA v Panama to throw your way:
Beautiful weather out in the windy city, as Chicago's Soldier Field temperature is 65 degrees. If holds, player fatigue shouldn't be a concern. Thirty percent chance of rain.
Panama: Penedo; Parris, Torres, Chen, Rodriguez; Quintero, Gabriel Gomez, Godoy, Sanchez; Perez, Torres
Here are the lineups for both teams: USA: Rimando; Parkhurst, Goodson, Besler, Beasley ; Beckerman, Holden; Bedoya, Donovan, Corona; E. Johnson
Welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of today's CONCACAF Gold Cup final between the United States and Panama. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) providing my insight throughout the big match, feel free to send over questions and comments on Twitter.
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