U.S. Men’s National Team falls to Panama in PKs Gold Cup 3rd Place Match
CHESTER, Penna. (via US Soccer) – 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.
– 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
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
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
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
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)