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Panama Takes Out USMNT From Gold Cup In Semi Final Via Penalty Kick

Panama Takes Out USMNT From Gold Cup In Semi Final Via Penalty Kick

USA vs Panama: Panama defeated the USMNT via a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. The United State’s exit from the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament will be the first time since 2015, the team failed to reach the final.

The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Panama 5-4 on penalty kicks after playing 120 minutes only three days ago against Canada and faced back-to-back penalty shootouts for the first time in the team’s history. 

USA had some hope when forward Jesus Ferreira’s 105th minute goal equalizer, cancelled out Panama’s lead from Ian Anderson’s goal.

In the penalty shootout, Panama’s goalkeeper Matt Turner saved Christian Martinez’s ball, but Jesus Ferreira and Christian Roldan both saw their balls caught by Orlando Mosquera.

Panama’s victory over the USA saw the team reach finals for the first time since 2005, and have a chance at winning the CONCACAF tournament for the first time in history.

The match which was played in front of a crowd of 31,690 at Snapdragon Stadium was USA’s 12th Gold Cup clash with Panama- its most-frequent opponent at the competition- and only the second time the Central American side has bested the USMNT in the tournament.

Panama will next play against the winner of Wednesday’s other semifinal — either Jamaica or Mexico — in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Final at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 16.

Panama dominated the match and had the better takes at attacks with the U.S. picking up in the second half, but grossly lacking in the forward side.

Prior to the match, the USMNT had held the most possession of anyone in the Gold Cup coming into the match but had just 36 percent in the first half and 44 percent for the entire game. They were out-passed by Panama 579-427, and put just three of their 14 shots on target.

The USMNT who had never played back-to-back extra-time matches in the Gold Cup in history, seemed not to have recovered from their previous match, and easily got tired as the game went on.

James Sands too got tired in the second half but had a better performance with six of his seven ground duels and won four fouls while hitting on six of his 10 long balls and delivering 18 passes into the final third.

Panama had a tactical plan against the USMNT by stretching their midfield and gassing them out faster. Although coach BJ Callaghan made substitutions that seemed to help, the team still played sloppy especially as the game dragged on.


Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 12, 2023
Competition: 2023 Gold Cup – Semifinal
Venue: Snapdragon Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Attendance: 31,690
Kickoff: 7:36 p.m. ET / 4:36 p.m. local
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1        2        OT1    OT2    F        PK

USA                              0        0        1          0         1         4
PAN                              0        0        1          0         1         5

PAN – Ivan Anderson (Adalberto Carrasquilla)   99th minute
USA – Jesús Ferreira (Jordan Morris)                105

Penalty Kick Summary:

USA – Jesús Ferreira (saved), Djordje Mihailovic (goal), Jordan Morris (goal), Julian Gressel (goal), Matt Miazga (goal), Cristian Roldan (saved)

PAN – Fidel Escobar (goal), Ismael Diaz (goal), Cristian Martinez (saved), Edgar Barcenas (goal), Cecilio Waterman (goal), Adalberto Carrasquilla (goal)


USA: 1-Matt Turner (capt.); 5-Bryan Reynolds (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 63), 12-Miles Robinson, 3-Aaron Long (4-Matt Miazga, 73), 15-DeJuan Jones (21-John Tolkin, 104); 6-Gianluca Busio (22-Julian Gressel, 104), 8-James Sands, 14-Djordje Mihailovic; 9-Jesús Ferreira, 19-Brandon Vazquez (13-Jordan Morris, 74), 11-Cade Cowell (10-Cristian Roldan, 63)

Substitutes not used: 18-Sean Johnson, 23-Gabriel Slonina, 17-Alejandro Zendejas, 20-Jalen Neal, 24-Jackson Yueill

Head coach: B.J. Callaghan

PAN: 22-Orlando Mosquera; 4-Fidel Escobar, 3-Harold Cummings, 16-Andres Andrade; 10-Edgar Barcenas, 8-Adalberto Carrasquilla, 20-Anibal Godoy (capt.) (7-Jovani Welch, 102)15-Eric Davis (25-Ivan Anderson, 90+1); 17-Jose Fajardo (6-Cristian Martinez, 79), 19-Alberto Quintero (18-Cecilio Waterman, 79), 11-Ismael Diaz

Substitutes not used: 1-Luis Mejia, 12-Cesar Samudio, 5-Roderick Miller, 9-Azarias Londoño, 13-Freddy Gondola, 14-Eduardo Anderson, 21-Cesar Yanis, 24-Omar Valencia

Head coach: Thomas Christiansen

Stats Summary: USA / PAN

Shots: 14 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Miles Robinson (caution)   86th minute
PAN – Anibal Godoy (caution)      101


Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Raymundo Feliz (DOM)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (HON)
VAR: Selvin Brown (CRC)Bud Light Man of the Match: Jesús Ferreira

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