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Gold Cup Final Preview: USA - Panama


USA (4-4-21): Rimando; Parkhurst, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Bedoya, Holden, Beckerman, Torres; Donovan, E. Johnson.


GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)


Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Torres, Parrish, Chen; Quintero, Sanchez, Gomez, Godoy; Perez, Torres


GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (no club), Luis Mejia (Fenix - Uruguay), Alex Rodriguez (Sporting San Miguelito)

DEFENDERS: Leonel Parris (Tauro), Harold Cummings (Arabe Unido), Carlos Rodriguez (Chepo), Roman Torres (Millonarois - Colombia), Jean Carlos Cedeño (Alianza), Roderick Miller (San Francisco), Richard Dixon (Sporting San Miguelito), Roberto Chen (San Francisco)

MIDFIELDERS: Gabriel Gomez (Junior (Colombia), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro), Eybir Bonaga (San Francisco), Juan Perez (Tauro), Jairo Jimenez (Chorrillo), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo), Anibal Godoy (Chepo), Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoategui - Venezuela)

FORWARDS: Blas Perez (FC Dallas - USA), Gabriel Torres (Zamora - Venezuela), Cecilio Waterman (Fenix - Uruguay), Rolando Blackburn (Chorrillo)


  • This is the second time the United States and Panama have met in a Gold Cup final. The Yanks won on penalties in the 2005 edition.

  • The Americans have won the last three meetings between these sides. Panama's last victory over the USA was in the group stage of the 2011 Gold Cup.

  • No matter what, a player from one of these two sides will finish as the tournament's top scorer. Panama's Gabriel Torres and the USA's Chris Wondolowski and Landon Donovan all currently have five goals.

  • The United States is on a 10-match winning streak, the longest in U.S men's national team history.

  • Panama is on a decent run of its own, with four victories (including a pair of 2-1 wins over Mexico) and a scoreless draw in its last five games.

  • USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann will leave coaching duties to assistants Andreas Hertzog and Martin Vasquez, following his suspension by CONCACAF for being sent off at the end of the USA's semifinal victory over Honduras.
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