The United States advanced to the 2013 Gold Cup final under the guidance of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. However, the German will not join his team on the sideline come Sunday, after the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee suspended him for the final.
Referee Walter Quesada ejected Klinsmann in the final minutes of a 3-1 semifinal win over Honduras on Wednesday. The region's Disciplinary Committee decided to levy a one-match ban.
"Mr. Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match against Honduras on July 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas," a release from CONCACAF read.
In the 87th minute of the match against Honduras, Klinsmann took umbrage with a two-man challenge on U.S. Gold Cup captain DaMarcus Beasley. By that point, two goals and an assist from Landon Donovan had assured passage to the final, where the U.S. national team will face Panama.
"It was just a reaction out of frustration, because fouls have added up throughout the last half an hour," Klinsmann said. "One really bad one actually right after the goal and then came this foul from Bease with two guys coming into him from behind, and I just kind of over-boiled it."
He cannot appeal the one-game suspension.
"I apologize for that reaction," Klinsmann said. "It was not meant against the referee, against nobody, because you feel for the health of your player in that moment."
Klinsmann's assistants -- Martin Vasquez, Andreas Herzog and Kasey Keller -- will take charge on Sunday, in Chicago's Soldier Field.
The last time the United States faced Panama in the final, in 2005, then-coach Bruce Arena was suspended for his actions in the semifinal, coincidentally also against Honduras. Assistant coach Glenn Myernick oversaw a 3-1 win in penalty kicks after the match finished scoreless.
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