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2 vs 1
Played
July 24, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
AT&T Stadium — Arlington, Texas
Referee:‬ C. Campbell‎
Attendance:‬ 81410‎
 
13′ B. Pérez
L. Montes 26′
61′ R. Torres
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Panama 2-1 Mexico

Panama proved its opening-day win over Mexico was no fluke, beating El Tri 2-1 in the Gold Cup semifinal to set up a date with the United States on Sunday.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • J. Penedo
    11
    0
    4.00

    J. Penedo

    The goalkeeper came up with huge saves when needed, notably on Chaton's bouncing shot and Brizuela's chip.

  • Leonel Parrish
    2
    0
    1.50

    Leonel Parrish

    The fullback is ill-equipped to deal with someone of Fabian's trickery. He was turned inside out on Montes' goal.

  • C. Rodríguez
    2
    0
    3.00

    C. Rodríguez

    Showed his excellent motor to push into attack even in the late going.

  • R. Torres
    7
    0
    3.50

    R. Torres

    The Panama captain dominated in defense, but his telling contribution came in attack. In the second half he surged past Huiqui to guide a corner into the goal for the winner.

  • Roberto Chen
    2
    0
    3.00

    Roberto Chen

    Aside from one poor clearance which gave Jimenez an open shot, Chen helped keep Mexico at bay.

  • G. Gómez
    3
    1
    3.00

    G. Gómez

    In one key instance, Gomez blocked Fabian's shot from behind.

  • M. Sánchez
    3
    1
    2.00

    M. Sánchez

    Sanchez played a great cross to Perez for a header that hit the bar. Other than that, he had a subdued performance.

  • Quintero
    4
    4
    3.00

    Quintero

    In a buzzing performance, Quintero assisted the opener and picked up a yellow for an overeager challenge before half. He came off after an hour.

  • Aníbal Cesis Godoy
    3
    1
    2.50

    Aníbal Cesis Godoy

    The Panamanian midfield didn't have the majority of the ball, but there's not doubt it did more with it when in possession.

  • B. Pérez
    11
    3
    4.00

    B. Pérez Top of the Match

    Perez scored the opening goal with a jackhammer shot from a tight angle. Later he cranked a header off the crossbeam to mark a menacing display.

  • Gabriel Torres
    6
    0
    3.50

    Gabriel Torres

    Though quieter than in recent outings, Torres still drew a yellow for Castro, had a low shot blocked from the top of the box and assisted the winner. Exited with 15 minutes remaining to fresher legs.

Substitutions

  • J. Jiménez
    4
    0

    J. Jiménez

    The substitute showed trickery on the ball along the sidelines to help kill time.

  • C. Waterman
    1
    1

    C. Waterman

    A handful of iffy touches in a late cameo.

  • Jonathan Emmanuel Orozco
    6
    13
    1.50

    Jonathan Emmanuel Orozco

    The Mexico goalkeeper bears a fair share of blame for the game's opening goal, when he let a shot beat him at the near post.

  • J. Huiqui
    4
    20
    1.00

    J. Huiqui Flop of the Match

    The captain submitted a rickety performance in the heart of defense. His sloppy ball out of the back put Castro under pressure in the buildup to the opener, and he lost Roman Torres on a corner for the winner.

  • A. Aldrete
    11
    4
    2.50

    A. Aldrete

    A goal-saving tackle in stoppage time wasn't enough to salvage the El Tri back line from conceding twice.

  • Juan Carlos Valenzuela
    8
    7
    1.50

    Juan Carlos Valenzuela

    An altogether too heavy challenge into the back of Blas Perez indicated how the Mexican defenders were struggling to keep up with the clever runs of the Panamanian forwards.

  • Miguel Arturo Layun
    18
    2
    2.50

    Miguel Arturo Layun

    With El Tri chasing the game for most of the match, Layun pushed into attack and acted as an auxiliary winger.

  • C. Peña
    7
    8
    1.50

    C. Peña

    Though his runs from deep made the difference in prior matches, Pena's passing was off and he struggled to come to grips with the match. Chepo de la Torre yanked Pena out of the match at halftime.

  • L. Montes
    19
    4
    3.50

    L. Montes

    Montes quickly established himself as one of the most serviceable players in the Mexican Gold Cup roster. He scored a diving header to temporarily equalize and was involved in positive sequences.

  • A. Castro
    3
    13
    1.50

    A. Castro

    The holding midfielder struggled. He was too easily dispossessed by Quintero for the opener, picked up a yellow for an aggressive challenge on the prone Gabriel Torres and exited the match for Javier Orozco with El Tri chasing the game.

  • R. Jiménez
    11
    9
    2.00

    R. Jiménez

    Jimenez was woefully uninvolved.

  • M. Fabián
    21
    2
    4.00

    M. Fabián

    Clearly the best Mexican player on the field, all play funneled through him. He toyed with Parris all night, specifically before crossing for Montes' goal.

  • Rafael Márquez Lugo
    2
    19
    3.00

    Rafael Márquez Lugo

    Like he has all tournament, Marquez Lugo did the gritty work in attack without shining himself. A header over the bar from a free kick in the beginning of the second half proved perhaps his best chance, and the striker made way with 20 minutes remaining.

Substitutions

  • Jorge Enríquez
    8
    2
    3.00

    Jorge Enríquez

    Chaton had shot saved after 70 minutes and helped stitch a stretched El Tri midfield together in the second half.

  • I. Brizuela
    11
    1

    I. Brizuela

    Brizuela had probably the best chance to equalize when a lucky deflection gave him a chance to chip the goalkeeper.

  • J. Orozco
    3
    6

    J. Orozco

    Put a header around the wrong side of the post in the late going.

Results
Semi Finals
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Gabriel Torres Gabriel Torres
Striker
Colorado
5 3
Landon Donovan Landon Donovan
Striker
LA Galaxy
5 2
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
5 0
R. Zelaya R. Zelaya
Striker
Alania
4 1
M. Fabián M. Fabián
Striker
Cruz Azul
3 1