U.S. Soccer

MNT Falls To Panama on PKs in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. 

Trailing 1-0 at the tail end of the second half, substitutes DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey combined to level the match, 1-1. 

As the clock continued ticked away, both sides attacked and generated chances, but none found the back of the net, and after an additional 30 minutes of extra time, the match was off to penalty kicks. 

In PKs, the U.S. converted its two opening penalties, but then saw a miss and two consecutive saves by Panama ‘keeper Luis Mejia, which made Harold Cummings’s conversion in the fourth round the winning kick. With the result, the MNT finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Later this year, the MNT will face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – either Jamaica or Mexico – in a one-game playoff for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN– Roberto Nurse (Ronaldo Blackburn) 55th minute: Roberto Blackburn slipped a pass up to Nurse, who attacked U.S. defenders Tim Ream and John Brooks and pushed into the box. Nurse sidestepped Brooks, freeing himself to curl a shot around Guzan and into the net for the game’s first goal. USA 0, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin) 70th minute:  Michael Bradley looped a long ball to Yedlin, who chested it down in the box, took a turn and sent it across to Dempsey on a late run. The defense and goalkeeper had collapsed on Yedlin, which freed Dempsey to bury his seventh goal of the tournament to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL)

Penalty Shootout:
USA-Aron Johansson: Johansson sent the first shot right down Broadway and in for a score. USA 1, PAN 0
PAN-Roman Torres: Torres responded with a well struck goal into the top right corner. USA 1, PAN 1
USA-Clint Dempsey: In what was signature style for the month of July, having already chipped two goalies on PK’s, Dempsey did so again to put the U.S. ahead. USA 2, PAN 1
PAN-Abdiel Arroyo: Arroyo stutter stepped and blasted a shot low and hard by a diving Guzan. USA 2, PAN 2
USA-Fabian Johnson: Johnson came up third for the U.S. and sent his kick over the crossbar. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Armando Cooper: Cooper rolled his attempt and Guzan dove to his left and corralled it to keep the shootout level. USA, 2, PAN 2
USA-Michael Bradley: The U.S. captain sent a shot hard to the left, but Mejia guessed right for Panama and deflected it away. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Harold Cummings: Cummings sent a shot to the left, Guzan dove and got a hand to it, but the ball powered into the net. USA 2, PAN 3
USA-DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley blasted a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Mejia was headed that way, and he made a diving save to end the game in Panama’s favor. USA 2, PAN 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Time Ream 36th minute: Armando Cooper intercepted an errant MNT pass and countered with pace down the center of the field. He attacked the box, beat a defender and then slid a shot past Brad Guzan towards the back post. Fortunately for the U.S., Tim Ream was there, booting the ball off the goal line and out of bounds for a corner kick.

USA – Fabian Johnson 54 minute: From a corner kick, Panama sent a ball in that forward Ronaldo Blackburn headed sharply at goal. Fabian Johnson was there to clear it off the goal line to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan (save) 81st minute: A Panama cross from the outside on the left found the head of Ronaldo Blackburn, who directed it firmly toward the back post. Brad Guzan fully extended and just reached the ball with his left hand, pawing it down before taking another dive to smother it.

USA– Brad Guzan (save) 108st minute: Roberto Nurse was freed on the left side for an attack at goal. As he wound up and fired off a shot, DeAndre Yedlin slid in and deflected it. The Ball continued to spin at goal, but Guzan was ready for it and knocked it away on a dive.

Coming up Next: #USAvPER
Location: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Date: September 4, 2015
Opponent: Peru 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the competition, which is the most-ever by an American player in a single Gold Cup tournament.
  • Dempsey’s 12 Gold Cup goals tie him with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the tournament’s all-time list behind only Landon Donovan (18).

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to his starting XI from the team that began Wednesday’s Semifinal against Jamaica: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Graham Zusi, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski all came into the lineup.
  • Corona earned his first start of the tournament. 
  • Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley were the only two U.S. players to start all six matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The match was the U.S. MNT’s third in a Gold Cup third place match and marked the first time the team had not won the game (2-1-0)
  • The U.S. MNT record against Panama dropped to 12-1-4 (5-1-3 in Gold Cup games)
  • The MNT is now 3-2-3 all-time in matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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MNT Jul 25, 2015

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 25, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Third Place
Venue: PPL Park; Philadelphia, Pa.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,598
Weather: 87 Degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          ET1     ET2     F
USA                            0          1          0          0          2
PAN                            0          1          0          0          3

PAN – Roberto Nurse (Rolando Blackburn)              55th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedline)                 70

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA – Aron Johannsson (goal), Clint Dempsey (goal), Fabian Johnson (missed), Michael Bradley (saved), DaMarcus Beasley (saved)
PAN – Román Torres (goal), Abdiel Arroyo (goal), Armando Cooper (saved), Harold Cummings (goal)
Panama wins penalty shootout 3-2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (25-DaMarcus Beasley, 91),  6-John Brooks, 15-Tim Ream; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 60), 24-Joe Corona,  4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson ; 9-Aron Johannsson , 18-Chris Wondolowski (8-Clint Dempsey, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 16-Brad Evans, 20-Gyasi Zardes, 26-Alan Gordon
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 12-Luis Mejía; 13-Adolfo Machado, 3-Harold Cummings, 5-Román Torres, 15-Erick Davis; 11-Armando Cooper, 14-Miguel Camargo (4-Alfredo Stephens, 46 (18-Darwin Pinzón, 91)), 20-Anibal Godoy, 19-Alberto Quintero; 16-Rolando Blackburn (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 88), 9-Roberto Nurse
Sub Not Used: 6-Gabriel Gómez, 7-Blas Pérez, 8-Gabriel Torres, 17-Luis Henriquez, 21-José Calderón, 23-Ángel Patrick
Head coach: Hernán Gómez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 8 / 24
Shots on Goal: 2 / 13
Saves: 12 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 8
Fouls: 18 / 17
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Fabian Johnson           30th minute
PAN – Armando Cooper        87
USA – Timmy Chandler         97
USA – DeAndre Yedlin           98
PAN – Anibal Godoy              98
PAN - Román Torres              115

Officials: 
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

#USAvPAN Post Game Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup – Third Place Game
July 25, 2015

U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

His thoughts on the match:
“Overall, obviously it was a game that was pretty much overshadowed with what happened a couple days ago. A game that basically Panama and us didn’t really want to play in terms of how do you pump the players up after what happened on Wednesday night. Both teams deserve a huge compliment. They went all the way through, they went 120 minutes and into the penalty shootout. They were both extremely tired and gave what was left in them. I give credit to Panama for how they went through that tournament and stayed on course. For us it’s clear that we look towards September – two friendly games to build things in order to be prepared for the playoff in October.”

On the differences for the team between the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups:
“I think all the teams were really competitive. All the teams were into the competition and wanted to win it. There was just a lot of stuff going on outside the field. There was always a sense of being uncertain of what happens next. When I talk to the players this morning, I told them we didn’t know what would happen because every time you go on the field you don’t know what happens with the refs with either way they go. You feel really sorry for the refs, because if they make a mistake one side or another goes at them. This feeling was there from the beginning of the tournament where you always wonder what will happen. It kind of overshadowed everything that went on really. Going through it from our end, we started fine. We got two wins and qualified for the quarterfinals. We took care of the quarters and then Wednesday night happened. It took the wind out – that’s just normal, that’s fine. It shows you also how competitive this region is. Nations that maybe weren’t regarded as high before the tournament earned a lot of respect, earned a lot of compliments, like Haiti for example, or especially Jamaica being in the final. You have to give them credit as well.”

On improvements since he took over the team in 2011:
“This is year one after we went to Brazil. The goal is always to go further in the next World Cup than we did in Brazil. This is a working process right now that here and there will give us some setbacks, some situations where you make a step back maybe and hopefully make two forward. That process is ongoing. We had the discussion on Wednesday night after Jamaica. This team will grow, this team will get better. The youngsters will learn out of mistakes that they make on the field. They will become more responsible, more accountable, gain more personality. I can’t blame anybody for the last four weeks, because they really showed great character. The spirit was good throughout the entire tournament, they kept going and going. Our goal is to move things forward, to become a little more proactive and not too reactive – that discussion we had over the last couple of years. That process will keep on going.”

On balancing the growth for the future with the need to win:
“You always have an eye on the growth of the team and the program, and at the same time you also zoom in and when a tournament is happening, you want to win the tournament. The goal was to win this Gold Cup with the best team available. That’s what we had – we had the best team in the tournament. The only bummer was that DaMarcus Beasley got injured on his first day of training, otherwise he probably would have been on the field the other two games. We keep building in the background. We build an Olympic team that goes into the qualifiers in October. We build the next cycle of the U-20s that did extremely well in New Zealand, just losing against the World Champions in the quarterfinals, so that goes parallel. When it’s tournament time, it’s tournament time and you want to win it, and we didn’t win it.”

On the status of DaMarcus Beasley’s international career:
“Beas is a guy that whenever he’s needed, he just wants to help. As I said the other day, he’s a giver and I said right after the game in the locker room, ‘Beas I don’t know if you can walk out like that. We might have to get you back in.’ The guys were clapping because they love him. The locker room loves Beas. We’ll see – it depends on him. He made that decision a year ago. He came back for the team – the plan was for the knockout stage. It didn’t work out that way because of this little strain, but from my end I’m always open and maybe that’s a question for him when he walks out of the locker room.”

On handling the goalkeeper situation with Brad Guzan and Tim Howard:
“I will have a phone call with Tim probably next week and also with Brad and see how we want to move forward. Brad kept us in the game with some tremendous saves. Defensively we allowed too many chances, there’s no doubt about it. Again, this game today was under a very weird feeling for both sides. We wanted to make sure nothing bad happened, let’s just get it done. I’m not blaming any of the players if there were a couple too many mistakes.”

On the pressure of going into October’s Confederations Cup playoff:
“There’s constant expectations, constant pressure for everybody. That’s just normal – it’s part of our job. We didn’t use that opportunity to finish things off in this tournament so we have to finish it off in October. If there’s a rise in expectations, that’s totally cool.”

On what he learned about the group and what he might have done differently:
“We’ll watch the games again and see more detailed stuff.  There’s always something you find that you think afterwards you could have done things differently. I think overall when you look through it, we started well in the tournament and in a three-day rhythm in that group, which was the most difficult group, we got out right away with two wins, already qualified for the quarterfinals and then Wednesday night happened. Overall I think we could have won this tournament, but at the end of the day we didn’t. We’ll take our lessons from there, analyze it and then talk to the players.”

U.S. MNT defender DAMARCUS BEASLEY

On what it was like to be back:
“It was great to be back after the injury to my calf. It’s tough to lose like that, and I’m not just saying that because it could be my last game. We didn’t get the result that we wanted. It wasn’t anything about me playing in what could be my last game, it was about getting the result and getting the win. We wanted to end on a good note. It didn’t happen, but we have to pick ourselves up and move forward and obviously take the criticism after losing two games to our neighbors, Jamaica and Panama, but this is just going to make us a stronger team. It’s only a year after the World Cup. There’s a lot of young guys that will grow in this team and we look forward to seeing how to develop them.”

On the positives of this trip:
“Playing. You can’t get away from experience. This is what qualifying is going to be about - playing at home with these teams. Some guys have never been through a qualifying cycle. This is what it’s going to be, hard games, tough games. There won’t be any easy games whether you’re at home or on the road. This is giving them a taste of what it’s going to be like come qualifying time. I’m 100 percent sure we’ll be ready for it.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On tonight’s game:
“It wasn’t the result we wanted. We’ll be able to look at these games and analyze them and know where we need to improve and where we need to get better in terms of going forward to the friendlies in September and the [Confederations Cup] playoff in October.”

On the how the September friendlies will help the team:
“They’re huge. They’re against Brazil and Peru. They’ll be two difficult games that will definitely get us ready. Every time we come together as a country we want to use that time wisely.”

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MNT Jul 26, 2015

Selección Masculina Termina en Cuarto Lugar de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015

CHESTER, Pensilvania (25 de julio, 2015) – La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos terminó en cuarto lugar de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 al caer en penales contra Panamá en PPL Park. El tiempo reglamentario terminó con las selecciones empatadas 1-1 y ninguno de los dos equipos pudo tomar la ventaja durante el tiempo extra.

La última vez en la que EE.UU. llegó hasta los tiros del punto penal fue en la final de la Copa Oro 2005, también contra Panamá, pero en esa ocasión Estados Unidos levantó la copa.

Clint Dempsey entró de cambio en el segundo tiempo y anotó su séptimo gol de la Copa Oro, manteniéndolo en la cima de la tabla de goleadores con un partido por jugarse en el torneo.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos jugará contra dos rivales importantes en partidos amistosos en septiembre, enfrentando a Perú el 4 de septiembre en RFK Stadium en Washington, D.C., y a Brasil el 8 de septiembre en Gillette Stadium en Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Información de transmisión: 4 de septiembre vs. Perú (7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) | 8 de septiembre vs. Brasil (8 p.m. ET; Red de ESPN, UniMás, UDN)
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
PAN – Roberto Nurse (Rolando Blackburn), minuto 55: Panamá filtró un balón para Roberto Nurse, quien se quitó la marca de dos defensas con un hábil recorte. Nurse se enfrentó a Brad Guzan completamente desmarcado y con precisión envió el balón a la equina inferior izquierda justo fuera del alcance de Guzan. USA 0, PAN 1. (VER GOL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Clint Dempsey), minuto 70: El balón fue filtrado a DeAndre Yedlin quien la bajó con el pecho en una carrera adentro del área grande. Tres jugadores panameños lo rodearon y el portero Luis Mejía dejó su línea, dejando a Yedlin la opción de dar la espalda al gol y tocar el balón hacia atrás para Clint Dempsey en el borde del área grande. Dempsey le pegó de primer toque, enviando el balón a la portería abierta e igualando el marcador. USA 1, PAN 1. (VER GOL).

Atajadas Claves y Paradas Defensivas:

USA – Tim Ream, minuto 37: Armando Cooper se llevó el balón sólo desde casi el medio campo hasta adentro del área grande. Brad Guzan salió a acortar el ángulo pero Cooper también lo rodeó, disparando a una portería abierta. Sin embargo, el defensa Tim Ream estaba atento y regresó a tiempo para interceptar el balón antes de que cruzara la línea de gol, evitando el primer gol del partido.

USA – Fabian Johnson, minuto 54: Panamá envió un tiro de esquina de la derecha al área en donde Rolando Blackburn la encontró con la cabeza. El disparo estaba dirigido a la portería, pero el defensa Fabian Johnson sacó la pierna a tiempo para interrumpir la trayectoria del balón y despejar fuera de peligro.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 81: Panamá tuvo un tiro libre por el lado izquierdo entre la banda y el área grande. Rolando Blackburn saltó para encontrar al balón con la cabeza y envió balón con fuerza a la portería. Brad Guzan demostró sus reflejos y se aventó a tiempo, deteniendo el balón sobre la línea de gol con la mano izquierda.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 108: Alberto Quintero filtró un balón detrás de la defensa estadounidense para Roberto Nurse. El panameño corrió hacia la portería y disparó justo antes de que DeAndre Yedlin pudiera llegar para defender, pero Brad Guzan reaccionó bien y alcanzó a desviar levemente el balón fuera del campo.

USA – Brad Guzan, minuto 111: Roberto Nurse siguió un balón adentro del área y se lo llevó hacia la portería. Nurse disparó al primer poste, pero Brad Guzan tapó el intento con el cuerpo.

Notas adicionales:

  • EE.UU. tiene un registro de 12-1-4 contra Panamá, y de 2-0-1 en partidos por el tercer lugar en la Copa Oro.
  • EE.UU. ahora tiene un registro de 52-8-7 en todos sus partidos de la Copa Oro.
  • Diez jugadores diferentes de la nómina han anotado gol para EE.UU. en lo que va del 2015—Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Omar González, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski y Gyasi Zardes.
  • Clint Dempsey anotó siete goles en la Copa Oro 2015 y 12 en Copas Oro, con los cuales sobrepasó a Eric Wynalda en el segundo lugar de la lista histórica de goleadores de EE.UU. en la Copa Oro. Landon Donovan (18) está en el primer lugar.
  • Bradley es el único jugador que ha jugado todos los minutos de los 14 partidos que ha disputado la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. en el 2015.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Panamá
Fecha: 25 de julio, 2015
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015; Tercer Lugar
Sede: PPL Park; Chester, Pensilvania
Inicio: 4 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 12,598
Clima: 88 grados, parcialmente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          TE1     TE2     F
USA                                        0          1          0          0          1
PAN                                        0          1          0          0          1

PAN – Roberto Nurse (Rolando Blackburn)              minuto 55
USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin)                 70 

Resumen de penales:
USA – Aron Johannsson (gol), Clint Dempsey (gol), Fabian Johnson (fallado), Michael Bradley (atajado), DaMarcus Beasley (atajado)
PAN – Román Torres (gol), Abdiel Arroyo (gol), Armando Cooper (atajado), Harold Cummings (gol)

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar González (25-DaMarcus Beasley,  91), 6-John Brooks, 15-Tim Ream; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 60), 24-Joe Corona, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson; 9-Aron Johannsson, 18-Chris Wondolowski (8-Clint Dempsey, 60)
Suplentes no utilizados: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 16-Brad Evans, 20-Gyasi Zardes, 26-Alan Gordon
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 12-Luis Mejía; 13-Adolfo Machado, 3-Harold Cummings, 5-Román Torres (capt.), 15-Erick Davis; 11-Armando Cooper, 14-Miguel Camargo (4-Alfredo Stephens, 46), 18-Darwin Pinzón, 91), 20-Anibal Godoy, 19-Alberto Quintero; 16-Rolando Blackburn (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 88), 9-Roberto Nurse
Suplentes no utilizados: 6-Gabriel Gómez, 7-Blas Pérez, 8-Gabriel Torres, 17-Luis Henríquez, 21-José Calderón, 23-Ángel Patrick
Director Técnico: Hernán Gómez

Resumen estadístico: USA / PAN
Tiros: 7 / 23
Tiros a Gol: 2 / 13
Atajadas: 1 / 12
Tiros de Esquina: 3 / 8
Faltas: 18 / 17
Fuera de Lugar: 0 / 1

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Fabian Johnson (amonestación)          minuto 29
PAN – Armando Cooper (amonestación)       87
USA – Timmy Chandler (amonestación)        97
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (amonestación)        99
PAN – Anibal Godoy (amonestación)            99
PAN – Román Torres (amonestación)            115

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Christián Ramírez (HON)
Cuarto Oficial: David Gantar (CAN) 

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: por determinarse

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Jul 25, 2015

MNT Falls To Panama on PKs in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. 

Trailing 1-0 at the tail end of the second half, substitutes DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey combined to level the match, 1-1. 

As the clock continued ticked away, both sides attacked and generated chances, but none found the back of the net, and after an additional 30 minutes of extra time, the match was off to penalty kicks. 

In PKs, the U.S. converted its two opening penalties, but then saw a miss and two consecutive saves by Panama ‘keeper Luis Mejia, which made Harold Cummings’s conversion in the fourth round the winning kick. With the result, the MNT finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Later this year, the MNT will face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – either Jamaica or Mexico – in a one-game playoff for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN– Roberto Nurse (Ronaldo Blackburn) 55th minute: Roberto Blackburn slipped a pass up to Nurse, who attacked U.S. defenders Tim Ream and John Brooks and pushed into the box. Nurse sidestepped Brooks, freeing himself to curl a shot around Guzan and into the net for the game’s first goal. USA 0, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin) 70th minute:  Michael Bradley looped a long ball to Yedlin, who chested it down in the box, took a turn and sent it across to Dempsey on a late run. The defense and goalkeeper had collapsed on Yedlin, which freed Dempsey to bury his seventh goal of the tournament to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL)

Penalty Shootout:
USA-Aron Johansson: Johansson sent the first shot right down Broadway and in for a score. USA 1, PAN 0
PAN-Roman Torres: Torres responded with a well struck goal into the top right corner. USA 1, PAN 1
USA-Clint Dempsey: In what was signature style for the month of July, having already chipped two goalies on PK’s, Dempsey did so again to put the U.S. ahead. USA 2, PAN 1
PAN-Abdiel Arroyo: Arroyo stutter stepped and blasted a shot low and hard by a diving Guzan. USA 2, PAN 2
USA-Fabian Johnson: Johnson came up third for the U.S. and sent his kick over the crossbar. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Armando Cooper: Cooper rolled his attempt and Guzan dove to his left and corralled it to keep the shootout level. USA, 2, PAN 2
USA-Michael Bradley: The U.S. captain sent a shot hard to the left, but Mejia guessed right for Panama and deflected it away. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Harold Cummings: Cummings sent a shot to the left, Guzan dove and got a hand to it, but the ball powered into the net. USA 2, PAN 3
USA-DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley blasted a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Mejia was headed that way, and he made a diving save to end the game in Panama’s favor. USA 2, PAN 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Time Ream 36th minute: Armando Cooper intercepted an errant MNT pass and countered with pace down the center of the field. He attacked the box, beat a defender and then slid a shot past Brad Guzan towards the back post. Fortunately for the U.S., Tim Ream was there, booting the ball off the goal line and out of bounds for a corner kick.

USA – Fabian Johnson 54 minute: From a corner kick, Panama sent a ball in that forward Ronaldo Blackburn headed sharply at goal. Fabian Johnson was there to clear it off the goal line to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan (save) 81st minute: A Panama cross from the outside on the left found the head of Ronaldo Blackburn, who directed it firmly toward the back post. Brad Guzan fully extended and just reached the ball with his left hand, pawing it down before taking another dive to smother it.

USA– Brad Guzan (save) 108st minute: Roberto Nurse was freed on the left side for an attack at goal. As he wound up and fired off a shot, DeAndre Yedlin slid in and deflected it. The Ball continued to spin at goal, but Guzan was ready for it and knocked it away on a dive.

Coming up Next: #USAvPER
Location: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Date: September 4, 2015
Opponent: Peru 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the competition, which is the most-ever by an American player in a single Gold Cup tournament.
  • Dempsey’s 12 Gold Cup goals tie him with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the tournament’s all-time list behind only Landon Donovan (18).

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to his starting XI from the team that began Wednesday’s Semifinal against Jamaica: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Graham Zusi, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski all came into the lineup.
  • Corona earned his first start of the tournament. 
  • Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley were the only two U.S. players to start all six matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The match was the U.S. MNT’s third in a Gold Cup third place match and marked the first time the team had not won the game (2-1-0)
  • The U.S. MNT record against Panama dropped to 12-1-4 (5-1-3 in Gold Cup games)
  • The MNT is now 3-2-3 all-time in matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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MNT Jul 25, 2015
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