U.S. beat Panama to win CONCACAF Gold Cup

U.S. beat Panama to win CONCACAF Gold Cup

The United States capped off a dominant tournament performance with a hard-earned 1-0 victory. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The United States capped off a dominant tournament performance with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Panama on Sunday to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.

Brek Shea broke through with a goal in the 69th minute and the U.S. won their first Gold Cup title since 2007, erasing a pair of title match defeats to Mexico in their previous two final appearances.

The triumph was the 11th consecutive overall for the Americans, and came without manager Juergen Klinsmann who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected in the semi-finals.

The U.S. entered the final having defeated their tournament opponents by a combined 19-4, but Panama provided no easy path to the trophy and kept the pro-American crowd antsy early at Soldier Field in Chicago.

After eliminating Mexico in the semi-finals, the Panamanians arrived in the title game eager to avenge their loss to the Americans in the 2005 Gold Cup final.

Despite ceding much of the possessions to the home team, Panama were able to neutralize the U.S. for the majority of the match even without injured defender Felipe Baloy.

That all changed in the 69th minute, when the active Landon Donovan set up the game-winner for Shea.

It was a most rewarding tournament for Donovan, who took a four-month sabbatical around the start of the year but has played himself back into form and the good graces of Klinsmann.

Donovan finished the Gold Cup with five goals to tie team mate Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres for the tournament lead.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Mortdecai,’ ‘American Ultra’ among the year’s biggest box office flops


The list of this year's most disappointing box office performers is out.

in Entertainment

WATCH: 7 fun facts to make you think this Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time of coming together with family and friends. In between bites of stuffing and pumpkin pie, snack on these unusual Turkey Day facts.

in Black Friday, Entertainment

Change your Amazon password now


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, this might be the worst time of year for Amazon to have security concerns.

in Black Friday, Entertainment

PHOTOS: Macy’s Parade through the years


For 88 years the iconic Macy's Parade has been a Thanksgiving tradition.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: ‘Creed’ builds on the legacy of ‘Rocky’


"Creed" stays rooted in tradition while simultaneously taking the entire franchise in a new direction as vital as it is welcome.