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Gold Cup

  • June 22, 2011
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: E. Wijngaarde
  • • Attendance: 70627

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    Game over, USA into the Gold Cup final.
  • 90'
    USA trying its best to kill this match. Just holding the ball, working to the corners.
  • 87'
    Freddy Adu with another run down the right. Well done there, finds Bradley in the box and Bradley, rather than shooting, tries to drag it across the face to Dempsey.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionN. Barahona Gabriel Torres
  • 86'
    SubstitutionG. Gómez Aníbal Cesis Godoy
  • 84'
    Panama forces a save out of Howard with a long, hopeful shot. Nothing doing. The Everton keeper dealt with it well.
  • 80'
    Now the USA has a bit of confidence back in its favor. A good goal, team goal. And Panama has a hill to climb.
  • 77'
    GOAL!!! Clint Dempsey with the tap in. Landon Donvan, Freddy Adu, Alejandro Bedoya all in on the setup. Ball across the face of goal.
  • 76'
    Assist Landon Donovan
  • 76'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
  • 73'
    Panama just put together a good spell. One of its best of the game.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card G. Gómez
  • 71'
    SubstitutionA. Cooper L. Rivas
  • 70'
    Freddy Adu off on a run.. too much. Ball gone back to Panama.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Carlos Bocanegra
  • 68'
    Bob Bradley now has six midfielders on the pitch, with Clint Dempsey playing up top alone.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionJ. Agudelo Freddy Adu
  • 65'
    Still a lot of control from the USA, but there is no final ball, and in all honesty the chances aren't coming.
  • 61'
    Best chance of the game for Panama. Ball in from the left skips across the face of goal and is just missed.
  • 60'
    Another ball in from Cherundolo down the right. The USA will have to get more, and better, service if this is to be the gameplan.
  • 58'
    A break there down the left from Lichaj. Crosses just haven't found the mark yet.
  • 54'
    Still not much going on. Neither side has had any real grasp of the match since the break.
  • 49'
    Slow start to the half for the USA. Panama created just about its best chance of the match with an early cross. Landon Donovan in for the USA, hasn't had a touch yet.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionSacha Kljestan Landon Donovan
  • 46'
    Teams back on the field and we're moments from the second half kick.
  • Pretty tame first half. 0-0 on the scoreline. If you're picking, the USA has been the better side, but it hasn't produced results yet.
  • 43'
    Panama has been better for the last few minutes. More possession and finally some rest for its defenders.
  • 40'
    Panama back down at the USA's end now. Won a corner, but the USA's back line has looked well organized throughout.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Luis Alfonso Henriquez
  • 36'
    Play is really getting chippy. Panama trying to make this one ugly.
  • 34'
    USA building well again after the momentary bit of control from Panama.
  • 31'
    Dangerous ball from Panama, goes all the way through the box.
  • 30'
    Panama with a rare break at the USA defense. Draws a foul about 40 yards from goal.
  • 25'
    Agudelo hits the post with a header. Great build up and Bedoya sets Cherundolo free down the right for the service. Agudelo gets his head on it and can only draw the woodwork.
  • 21'
    The USA has been well in control here. Panama is struggling to get touches, and the USA is starting to open up some lanes throughout the pitch.
  • 18'
    Yellow Card A. Cooper
  • 17'
    USA with a great ball in from Bedoya, Dempsey heads back across goal and Agudelo is a step late for the goal.
  • 14'
    USA back in control, holding the ball and looking for a way through.
  • 11'
    First shot of the game for Panama drifts well wide to Howard's left post.
  • 7'
    USA content to hold the ball at the back and look for a breakthrough. A couple of times it's been just off, but Panama has been pushed back for a few minutes now.
  • 4'
    Good start to the match. Pace is nice so far with both teams having a few quality touches.
  • 2'
    Panama on the ball early, looking to hold possession, USA wins it back and now wins a corner.
  • 1'
    And we're off
  • Just minutes away from what should be the opening kick, but it's looking more like a 6:10 or so local kick than a 6:00 local kick.
  • Allen Ramsey here at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas, getting set to bring you live commentary of the USA and Panama in the first of two semifinals tonight. The USA will come out with only one change from the side that topped Jamaica, with Juan Agudelo stepping in for the injured Jozy Altidore. That means Landon Donovan will once again be on the bench to start the match, which is really the big story from the USA's point of view. On the Panama side of things, the story is Blaz Perez not being available. Perez caused the USA all sorts of problems in the first match and his absence leaves a big gap to fill.