In front of a large crowd at Soldier Field in Chicago, the United States needed an advantageous assist from second-half substitute Brek Shea to win the 2013 Gold Cup title. For the second time in this tournament, a US player subbed on and scored within a minute. Shea entered the game in the 68th minute, running onto the ball 42 seconds later just before it reached the goal line for the game’s only goal.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann watching from a suite after being banned from the sideline and locker room following his dismissal in the semifinal, the US had difficulty with shot selection. The team finished with no shots on frame in the first-half. Stuart Holden suffered a right knee sprain in the 23rd minute, forcing a substitution that brought on Mix Diskerud.
Donovan won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and shared the Golden Boot with teammate Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres. All three had five goals. Panama’s Jaime Panedo won the Golden Glove for the tournament’s top goalkeeper. Panama also won the Fair Play award.
The United States regroups for a friendly on Aug 14 (2:30pm ET – ESPN2) against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
— GAME REPORT —
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 28, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Final
Venue: Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
PAN 0 0 0
USA – Brek Shea (Alejandro Bedoya) 69th minute
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 25-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 23); 20-Alejandro Bedoya (24-Omar Gonzalez, 89), 10-Landon Donovan, 6-Joe Corona (23-Brek Shea, 68); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Will Bruin, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 6-Gabriel Gomez (16-Rolando Blackburn, 74), 7-Blas Perez, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 9-Gabriel Torres (18-Jairo Jimenez, 65), 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 23-Roberto Chen
Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonagas, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Jean Carlos Cedeno, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 17-Roderick Miller, 21-Richard Dixon
Head Coach: Julio Valdez
Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 1
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 63rd minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (caution) 90
USA – Brek Shea (caution) 90+4
PAN – Jairo Jimenez (caution) 90+4
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
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