USA stunned by Panama in Gold Cup

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The United States men's national team made a bit of history on Saturday.

 

But not the kind they were hoping for as the team lost for the first time in 27 group-stage matches at the Gold Cup, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Panama at Raymond James Stadium.

 

Luis Tejada tallied the opening goal after 18 minutes, with Gabriel Gomez doubling the lead in the 35th from the penalty spot for Panama.

 

The Americans answered back through Clarence Goodson in the 67th, and although they created a number of quality scoring chances over the final 20 minutes, an equalizer was not in the cards.

 

Panama now leads Group C with six points from two games, while the United States and Canada are level on three points after Canada secured a 1-0 win over Guadeloupe in the other match on Saturday as Dwayne De Rosario converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute for the Canadians.

 

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard made a good save to deny a header from Felipe Baloy in the 18th, but Tejada was on hand to poke home the rebound with Goodson draped all over him.

 

American defender Tim Ream then handed Panama a penalty kick when he tripped Blas Perez inside the area, allowing Gomez to beat Howard from the spot with a high shot down the middle.

 

The second half saw the U.S. play with a greater sense of urgency, and the deficit was cut to one goal in the 67th when Michael Bradley flicked the ball on at the near post for Goodson to head home from close range.

 

Substitute Chris Wondolowski missed a golden chance in the 81st minute when he volleyed a low cross from Jozy Altidore over the net from inside the six-yard box.

 

The final opportunity came in the 90th as Bradley's first-time effort from 14 yards whistled inches past the right post.

 

Guadeloupe will be the next opponents for the U.S. on Tuesday, while Canada and Panama square off the same night in the final matches of Group C play.


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