Panama upset US 2-1 to finish third at Gold Cup

“The physical 6’2” defender will make life hard for U.S. attackers and he is also an offensive threat as evidenced by his goal against Mexico. During group play, the Americans hardly impressed in wins over Honduras and Haiti and a draw with Panama – none of their opponents ranked higher than 62nd in the world. Reserve goalkeeper Luis Mejia denied the last three US shooters and suspension-weakened Panama edged the United States 3-2 on penalties on Saturday to claim third place in the Gold Cup.


In many ways, those are always objectives for Klinsmann as he seeks to develop a squad that can contend against the world’s best.

Not that has ever kept a coach from losing his job. Both teams will be massively disappointed to be in this game and not in Sunday’s final.

The Americans have September friendlies against Brazil and Peru and an playoff match for a 2017 Confederations Cup berth before starting their bid to qualify for an eighth consecutive World Cup on November 13. We’re going to do a step back here and there, to hopefully go forward.

Jamaica have only beaten Mexico twice in 19 attempts, but they do have recent memories of causing great frustration to the Concacaf giants.

“Enormous, enormous talent” is how he described the two. “It doesn’t make us a bad team”, Guzan said. In their first game in Atlanta in 38 years, they had most of the chances but kept sending good looks wide or over the net.

To be played at Lincoln Financial Field, the victor get the title and the bragging rights as the best in the continent.

Panama was missing several key players because of injury or suspension, including its top goalkeeper.

In the final minute of extra time in Sunday’s quarterfinal, Mexico was awarded a penalty kick with the game tied 0-0 and converted to beat Costa Rica.

Hawit became president of North and Central America and the Caribbean’s governing body in May after Jeffrey Webb’s indictment.

Penedo was banned for pushing the assistant referee after the semi-final loss while Tejada was banned one game for a red card and another for not promptly leaving the pitch when ejected in the 25th minute against Mexico.

Panama’s federation also was fined an undisclosed amount.

Coach Hernan Gomez said Chaluja’s reaction was “human nature” but wouldn’t add to the criticism, saying “rules are rules”. El Tri, meanwhile, snuck into the tournament’s marquee match on the back of two controversial penalty kicks that prompted both Panama and Costa Rica to file official protests with CONCACAF.

That’s not to excuse the failure to reach the Gold Cup final. Klinsmann added him for the knockout rounds, but Beasley strained a calf in his first practice and has yet to play.

If this was DaMarcus Beasley’s final moment with the U.S. men’s national soccer team, it isn’t the way he wanted to go out.


From there they were part of the final four teams in the competition and were pitted against the tournament favourites and defending champions, the United States.

Show Grid